BALTIMORE, Md. – Franklin & Marshall fell to Johns Hopkins 65-54 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball on Tuesday evening. The Diplomats dropped to 8-13, 5-11 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 13-8, 12-4.
Sarah Pisani knocked down a three to start the scoring for F&M and bring the score to 3-2 at the 8:08 mark. A layup from Kristin Hamill gave the Diplomats the 6-4 lead with 5:51 left in the first. Pisani put away to two more buckets to extend the lead to 10-6. F&M ended the quarter with a 9-0 run that included baskets from Devandria Bernard, Sarosha Parsons and ended with two free throws from Cat Weber to give the Diplomats the 19-10 edge.
Hopkins was able to respond in the second quarter and take a two-point lead with 6:50 left to play. Hamill knocked down two free throws to tie the game at 22-22. An Emily Moran layup brought F&M back within three with 12 seconds left in the half, but the Blue Jays got the last say to keep the 31-26 edge at the break.
A Parsons layup stopped an early run by Hopkins to start the third and bring the deficit to six at the 8:38 mark. The Blue Jays picked up the pace to end the third quarter and took a 52-33 advantage.
The Diplomats started the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run to cut the lead 13 with 6:21 remaining. Hamill netted 15 out of F&M's 21 points in the fourth quarter, bringing the Diplomats within six, but Hopkins was able to finish out the game with the 65-54 victory.
Hamill led all scorers with 25 points and recorded her 12th double-double adding on a game-high 12 rebounds. Parsons tallied 11 points on the night while Pisani followed with 10.
The Diplomats return to action on Thursday, traveling to McDaniel for a 7:30 p.m. contest.