ROANOKE, Va. – Franklin & Marshall fell to Lynchburg 72-52 on Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Susan Dunagan Holiday Classic. The Diplomats dropped 4-6 while the Hornets improved to 9-2 on the year.
Kristin Hamill was named to the All-Classic Team along with Corinne McPadden (RC), Laura McManimen (RC), Kimberly Schuh (Meredith), Caroline Naumann (LC) and Molly Shephard (LC) – MOP.
Lynchburg took a quick lead, going on a 10-0 run to the start the game. An Erica Dwyer three put F&M on the board at the 5:43 mark to bring the score to 10-3. A layup from Sarah Pisani brought the Diplomats within four with 1:24 left in the first. The Hornets held the advantage 20-14 after the first period.
With two quick buckets to open the second quarter, Lynchburg garnered a 10-point, but a layup from Hamill off the dish from Erica Brown brought the Diplomats back within single-digits at 24-16 with 8:11 left. Anajha Burnett knocked down a three to bring the Diplomats within 13 with 30 seconds left, but a bucket from Lynchburg maintained the Hornets' edge 44-29 going into the break.
Lynchburg kept the momentum going in the third quarter, extending the lead to 23 points with 3:03 left. Hamill went three-for-six from the floor along the way, but F&M ended the third quarter down 62-39.
A Devandria Bernard layup opened the fourth quarter, followed by back-to-back free throws from Brown to bring the score to 62-43 at the 8:26 mark. Both teams bounced baskets back and forth with Lynchburg taking the game 72-52.
Hamill led with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Burnett went 2-for-2 from behind the arc to come away with six points. Lindsey Powers tallied five points and three rebounds.
F&M opens 2018 hosting Alvernia on Friday, Jan. 5 for a 5:00 p.m. matchup.