LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball team fell to Elizabethtown in a tightly-contest 63-58 game on Saturday afternoon during the first day of the Terry Greene Memorial Tip-Off Tournament.
The Diplomats dropped to 1-1 while the Blue Jays remained undefeated at 3-0.
Back-to-back buckets from Sarosha Parsons helped F&M to an early 10-5 lead in the first quarter. A Kenna Williams free throw kept the Diplomats' lead at four with 3:48 left, but the Blue Jays were able to battle back and even the score at 15-15 after the first.
Elizabethtown jumped out to a 22-19 lead three minutes into the second frame and took the momentum, but free throws from Alisyn Narracci ended a six-point run for the Blue Jays and brought the Diplomats within six. A three-pointer from AnnMarie DiCarlo cut Elizabethtown's lead to three with 1:30 left in the half, but the Blue Jays kept the momentum to carry a 35-27 lead at the break.
Haley Pilone notched the first four points of the second half to decrease the lead to four. A Narracci layup brought F&M within one with 50 seconds left in the third quarter, but quick ball movement from the Blue Jays gave them a 51-46 edge going into the final quarter.
Pilone knocked down a three early in the fourth quarter to try and ignite the team, but Elizabethtown was able to maintain the lead throughout. A layup from Sarah Pisani with two seconds left in the game brought the Diplomats within three, but the Blue Jays knocked down two free throws to bring the final score to 63-58.
Pilone led all scorers with 20 points, including a perfect 2-for-2 mark from the free throw line. Parsons followed with 13 points while Williams notched a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Pisani led both teams after recording 10 assists on the day.
The Diplomats return to action tomorrow, hosting Washington & Lee at 3:00 p.m. at the Mayser Center.