LANCASTER, Pa. – Consistent free throw shooting helped Franklin & Marshall women's basketball to a 76-67 takedown over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Saturday afternoon. Haley Pilone tallied 15 points to reach 1,000 career points. The senior is the 15th player in program history to reach the milestone.
The Diplomats improved to 3-4, 2-3 CC while the Green Terror dropped to 6-4, 2-4 CC.
A three-pointer from Pilone helped F&M to a 5-2 lead three and a half minutes into the contest and sparked the Diplomats on a 13-0 run that would cover the next seven minutes, including eight points from Kristin Hamill to hold a 15-4 edge at the end of the first quarter.
A Sarosha Parsons layup increased the deficit to 10 with 9:25 left in the half. The Green Terror responded with six unanswered points, but Kenna Williams knocked down two free throws to stop the run and keep the Diplomats in front 19-13. Another three from Pilone brought the difference back into double-digits at 28-18 with 4:23 left on the clock. McDaniel tried to take the momentum, but Lindsey Powers knocked down the jumper at the buzzer to keep a 10-point lead going into the break.
A layup from Sarah Pisani extended the lead to 12 with 8:16 left in the quarter. An Emily Moran three capped off a seven-point run in under a minute to bring the score to 51-34 while the Diplomats were able to hold a 53-39 edge going into the final quarter.
Alisyn Narracci notched the first points of the fourth for the Diplomats and a layup from Hamill extended the lead to 15 with 8:00 left. F&M went 16-for-18 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter with Pilone going 6-for-6 and Pisani going 4-for-4 to deliver the 76-67 victory.
F&M shot 83.3 percent from the free throw line and dominated the boards with a 51-29 edge thanks to a career-high 17 rebounds from Hamill along with a team-leading 25 points. Pilone (15) and Parsons (12) were the other Diplomats to notch double-digits points.
This concludes F&M contests for the semester. The Diplomats will head to Santa Cruz, Calif. for a New Year's Tournament, beginning on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 4:00 p.m. EST.