LANCASTER, Pa. – A strong second quarter helped push Franklin & Marshall women's basketball past Alvernia 76-55 on Friday evening. F&M improved to 5-6 while Alvernia dropped to 3-9 on the year.
Sparked by an Anajha Burnett three to start the game and culminating with a Haley Pilone three, the Diplomats quickly took a 12-2 lead with 6:23 left in the first. Sarah Pisani tallied five assists in the first quarter, including a dish to Erica Dwyer who knocked down the three with 32 seconds left in action. The Golden Wolves got the last buckets to finish the first quarter with a score of 21-16.
Erica Brown got the scoring started in the second quarter with a follow-up rebound and layup to extend F&M's lead to seven. Two quick baskets from Alvernia brought the Golden Wolves within three at the 8:21 mark, but the Diplomats responded with 13 unanswered points, including six from Brown, to extend the lead 36-20 with 37 seconds left in the half. Alvernia tallied the last baskets to bring the score to 36-23 at the break.
Brown dropped the and-one layup to expand F&M's lead 39-23 to start the third quarter. Back-to-back threes from Lindsey Powers and Pilone gave the Diplomats the 56-39 edge with 1:49 left to play. F&M kept the pace to finish out the third quarter up 60-43.
The Diplomats maintained the momentum in the fourth with Kristin Hamill and Brown leading scorers with six points each. Pilone knocked down a three with 2:46 left in the game to bring the score to 69-52. F&M ended the game with a 6-3 run for a final score of 76-55.
Hamill led all scorers with a career-high 24 points and brought down 12 rebounds. Pilone and Brown also finished in the double-digits for points tallying 22 and 19 respectively. Pisani dished out 10 assists on the night.
The Diplomats kick off a week of conference games, traveling to Muhlenberg on Tuesday, Jan. 9 for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off.