A strong 3-1 start to the 2017-18 season, that included winning the Terry Greene Tip-Off Memorial Tournament for the first time since 2009, displayed Franklin & Marshall women's basketball's continued growth. The Diplomats finished the year with a 10-15 overall record and a 7-13 mark in Centennial Conference (CC) action while remaining in the playoff hunt into February.
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F&M opened its season with a decisive 72-57 over Immaculata on Nov. 18, followed by a 70-62 win over Elizabethtown in the Mayser Center to capture the Terry Greene trophy for the first time in eight years.
The Diplomats delivered a dramatic comeback victory on Jan. 11 against CC opponent Washington College. Down by 11 at halftime, Haley Pilone '19 contributed 14 points in the fourth quarter as part of a career-high 29 to help lead the Diplomats to victory. Kristin Hamill '20 recorded 21 points and 11 rebounds, one of 13 double-doubles on the year.
On Jan. 31, Sarah Pisani '19 became the second player in program history to reach 300 career assists. The junior ended the season with 339 helpers after averaging 5.8 assists per game. She heads into her senior season needing only 28 more to tie the current career-leader, Sarah Meisenberg '09.
Pilone and Hamill both earned All-CC Honorable Mention recognition. Pilone led the Conference throughout the season in scoring average, ending the year averaging 17.7 points per game. The junior guard consistently ranked in the top-10 among all DIII players in three-pointers per game (3.43). Pilone ended the year sitting 18thin the program history in points with 869 and second in three-pointers made at 165.
Hamill ended the season ranked second in the Conference by averaging 17.3 points per game and ranking fourth in rebounds per game (9.3). Hamill scored in double-digits in 23 out of 25 games, including a career-high (33) against Dickinson on Jan. 17.