LANCASTER, Pa. – Kristin Hamill rattled home a foul-line jumper as time expired to hand Franklin & Marshall a wild 57-55 victory over McDaniel on Thursday night in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball. The Diplomats improved to 9-13, 7-10 CC, while the Green Terror evened its record at 11-11, 9-8.
With time winding down in the fourth quarter, Sarah Haddon found Hamill at the left elbow. The freshman took two dribbles to her right and got off a tough, leaning jumper that bounced high off the back iron and fell through as time expired to secure the win for F&M.
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Hamill's heroics capped off a steady Diplomat comeback after two free throws put the Green Terror up 51-40 with 5:11 remaining. However, Haddon scored eight consecutive points from the charity stripe to pull the Diplomats to within six, 54-48. The senior continued her stellar fourth quarter in the final minute of play, converting a layup to tie the game at 55-55 with 39 seconds left. She went on to claim a gritty defensive rebound that returned possession to F&M with 15 ticks on the clock, before ultimately assisting on Hamill's game-winner.
Ashlyn Petersen, who hit a key three late in the fourth, and Haddon tied for the game high with 16 points each. Erica Brown reached double digits with 10 points and added eight rebounds, while Hamill finished with eight points and a game-high 12 boards.
The early minutes saw F&M grab some momentum in a tight first quarter as Petersen led the way with eight points off the bench. The freshman scored the last eight of the frame for the Diplomats, who compiled a 16-12 advantage after one.
That lead stretched to as much as 13 in the second quarter after Sarosha Parsons connected from long range to make the score 29-16 at 4:59. A late charge from the Green Terror cut the deficit, but at halftime F&M owned a 32-25 edge.
The Diplomats will look to continue their winning ways on Saturday, heading to Washington College for a 2:00 p.m. start.