LANCASTER, Pa. – Strong shooting helped to lift Johns Hopkins 81-59 over Franklin & Marshall women's basketball in Centennial Conference (CC) play on Wednesday evening. The Diplomats fell to 4-3, 2-3 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 4-4, 3-2 CC.
Johns Hopkins started the game with a quick three, but play remained even and a three-pointer from Erica Dwyer at the 5:07 mark brought the Diplomats within one at 11-10. The Blue Jays looked to extend their lead at the end of the first, but Kristin Hamill scored the final points of the quarter off a pass from Cat Weber to keep the Diplomats within eight at 22-14 at the end of the first.
Three consecutive three-pointers for Hopkins helped the Blue Jays to a 9-2 run to start the second quarter. Back-to-back shots from Hamill shortened the lead to 11 at 31-20 with 7:24 left in the second quarter. The Blue Jays maintained the pace, going 4-for-5 from behind the arc to hold the 44-29 advantage going into the break.
Hopkins started the third quarter on a 7-2 run to extend the lead to 51-31. Two free throws from Haley Pilone kept the Diplomats within 20 bringing the score to 51-33. Erica Brown went 3-for-4 from the free throw line and led scorers in the third with five points, but the Blue Jays maintained a 63-38 lead after three quarters of play.
Strong rebounding from Sarosha Parsons helped the Diplomats outrebound Hopkins 12-7 in the fourth quarter, but the Blue Jays shot 57 percent from behind the arc in the fourth to finish out the game and take the 81-59 victory.
Hamill led the Diplomats with 20 points and eight rebounds on the night. Brown followed with 12 points and six rebounds. Weber pulled down eight rebounds and recorded seven points.
The Diplomats are back in action on Saturday, hosting McDaniel for a 1 p.m. contest.