SWARTHMORE, Pa. – A strong first quarter helped Franklin & Marshall to a 47-38 victory over Swarthmore in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon. Sarah Pisani's four assists were good to set the program record with 368 in her career, passing Sarah Meisenberg '09.
The win improved the Diplomats to 2-4, 1-2 CC while the Garnet dropped to 1-6, 0-3 CC.
Back-to-back three's from Haley Pilone and Lindsey Powers helped the Diplomats to an early 6-2 lead. With the game tied at 6-6 with 7:32 left in the first, Pisani converted on the three-point play to spark a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to help F&M to a 16-9 lead at the end of the first.
A Sarosha Parsons layup kept the Diplomats' lead at seven just over two minutes into the second quarter. Kristin Hamill knocked down two buckets to increase F&M's advantage to 22-15. Two free throws from Pilone brought the deficit to double-digits with 3:37 left in the half, but the Garnet were able to battle back to a 27-21 score going into the break.
A Pilone three kicked off the scoring in the second half while a Hamill layup ended a four-point run for the Garnet to keep the score at 32-26 in the Diplomats' favor. Swarthmore took the momentum in the second half of the third, coming within five with one quarter left in the game.
The Garnet kept the pace, coming within three, but a jumper from Jennifer Falconiero kept Swarthmore at bay. Four points from Parsons in under a minute brought the score to 42-35 with 5:33 left in the game. A three-pointer from Pilone gave F&M the final edge to lead them to the 47-38 victory.
Pilone led all scorers with 19 points. Powers and Hamill combined for 22 boards to help F&M own a 54-47 advantage.
The Diplomats resume action on Wednesday, hosting Dickinson for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.