LANCASTER, Pa. – Sarah Haddon and Erica Brown contributed 13 points each as a steady Franklin & Marshall effort delivered a 65-61 victory over Swarthmore on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball. The Senior Day victory finished the Diplomats' record at 11-14, 9-11 CC on the year, while the Garnet rounded out the season at 3-22, 3-17.
Following a pregame ceremony for F&M seniors Haddon and Shannon O'Connor, a slow start for both teams saw Swarthmore take a slim 6-5 lead with 4:11 left in the first. F&M put together a 7-0 run on the back of five points from Haley Pilone to take a 12-6 lead, but seven straight from the Garnet gave the visitors a 13-12 edge after one.
Swarthmore carried that momentum into the second, leading by as much as five at 22-17. However, another Diplomat response came in the form of a 7-0 run that gave the Diplomats a 24-22 lead, capped off by Haddon's seventh point of the game and the 1,000th of her career.
The play was typical of Haddon's career, as she grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a tough finish to reach the milestone. She became the 14th F&M player to reach 1,000 with the achievement.
The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half, with a jumper from Pilone providing the difference at the break as F&M took a 30-28 advantage after two.
A jumper from Brown opened the scoring in the third, but the next eight points went to Swarthmore, giving the visitors a 36-32 edge. The score stayed close throughout the third, and it wasn't until six points from Kristin Hamill sparked a 9-3 run from the Diplomats to take a 46-40 lead. That advantage grew to 52-45 after three as Haddon scored the final basket of the quarter with nine seconds remaining.
The Garnet closed the gap to three with 8:22 left, and the Diplomats were unable to lead by more than six for the remainder of the period. Still, Swarthmore never pulled closer than two, and F&M went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the closing minutes to seal the victory.
Haddon and Brown both tallied 13 to lead the Diplomats, while Haddon also grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded three blocks to notch her sixth double-double of the season on her historic night.
Pilone also reached double digits, adding 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Sarah Pisani dished out nine assists and contributed eight points in 39 minutes of action in a well-rounded performance.
F&M's final record of 11-14 is the program's highest win total since 2011-12, and marks the fourth consecutive year that the Diplomats improved on the previous season's record.