Diplomats Hold Off Washington

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Franklin & Marshall withstood a Washington run early in the third quarter and held on for a gritty 68-62 road win over the Shorewomen on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball. The win, F&M's second in three days, improved the Diplomats' record to 10-13, 8-10 CC, while Washington fell to 9-14, 6-12.

F&M entered the third quarter with a 26-24 lead, but a 7-0 run from Washington gave the hosts a 31-26 lead with 7:45 left in the third. The Diplomats responded quickly, getting baskets from four different scorers in a 9-0 run to take a 35-31 edge with 5:21 left in the frame. That lead extended to as much as eight after two free throws from Sarah Haddon at 1:59, and F&M carried a 46-42 advantage into the fourth.

Haddon continued to roll in the final frame, scoring the first nine points of the quarter for F&M as the Diplomats held onto a 55-49 edge. The Shorewomen hung tough, but Erica Brown scored five points and Ashlyn Petersen scored eight of her team-high 21 points in the last six minutes of play to deliver the win for the Diplomats. Petersen went 3-for-4 from the charity down the stretch, keeping Washington from getting any closer than six in the closing moments.

Three Diplomats hit double digits on the day, led by Petersen who finished the night with a 9-of-10 mark from the foul line for her 21 points. Haddon tallied 15 points, moving her just 19 shy of 1,000 for her career, while Brown scored 13 and pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

The first quarter started much like the third as the Shorewomen jumped out to an 8-0 lead before buckets from Brown, Haddon, and Petersen made the score 8-7. Sarosha Parsons chipped in a layup of her own as Washington took a 12-9 lead after the opening period.

The Shorewomen led by as much as 9 early in the second, but two baskets from Kristin Hamill kickstarted a 14-3 F&M run to end the half, giving the Diplomats their slim 26-24 lead at halftime.

F&M will look to continue its winning streak on Wednesday, visiting Dickinson at 6:00 p.m. for the final road game of the regular season.