CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Haley Pilone finished with a career-high 29 points, 14 in the fourth quarter, to lift Franklin & Marshall over Washington College 61-57 in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Thursday evening. The Diplomats improved to 6-7, 3-5 CC while the Shorewomen fell to 4-9, 2-6 CC.
Sparked by a Pilone three to start the fourth quarter and followed by a layup from Kristin Hamill, the Diplomats fought back within one at 44-43 with 8:52 left to play. Jen Cappucci found Pilone on the baseline who took it to the basket to give F&M its first lead since the first quarter at 45-44 with 7:27 left. Back-to-back threes from Pilone extended the Diplomats' lead to five with 5:27 remaining. With the score tied at 57 with 54 seconds left, Pilone knocked down two free throws to give F&M back the lead with 39 left to play and finish out the game with the 61-57 victory.
A quick layup from Hamill off the tip pass from Pilone put the Diplomats on the board to start the game. Washington took the lead at the 8:27 mark to make it 6-4, but an Erica Brown layup brought F&M back within two with 7:30 left to play. The Shorewomen extended their lead to eight with one minute left, but a layup from Pilone brought the score to 18-12 after the first quarter.
Pilone knocked down a three off the assist from Lindsey Powers at the 7:46 mark in the second quarter and brought the Diplomats back within five at 20-15. Washington extended their lead to double-digits with a score of 28-17 with 1:30 left to play. A layup from Hamill kept the deficit in single-digits, but the Shorewomen got the last basket to bring the lead back to 11, 30-19, going into the break.
F&M came out with a quick three points to start the third quarter to cut the difference to eight, 30-22. Scoring remained even over the next seven minutes, but back-to-back threes from Pilone brought the Diplomats within seven, 41-34, with 1:30 left in the third. A Hamill layup capped off a 10-3 run to keep F&M in the game at 44-38 to finish out the third quarter.
Pilone shot 6-for-12 from behind the arc and went five-for-six from the free throw line to lead all scorers with 29. Hamill recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Sarah Pisani came away with seven rebounds and four assists.
F&M returns to the Mayser Center to host Bryn Mawr on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. matchup.