COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Led by 27 points from Kristin Hamill and a career-high 22 points from Sarah Pisani, Franklin & Marshall's comeback fell short with a 96-89 OT heartbreaker against Ursinus on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action.
The Diplomats dropped to 5-6, 2-4 CC while the Bears improved to 8-4, 5-2 CC.
Ursinus opened the overtime period with a three-pointer to take the lead for good. Two free throws from Pisani brought F&M within two with 1:14 left to play, but consistent free throw shooting from the Bears helped Ursinus hold on to the 96-89 win.
The Bears jumped out to an early lead to start the contest, but Hamill converted on the and-one opportunity to bring the Diplomats within one at the 8:38 mark. The Bears carried the momentum, stretching the lead to nine, but sparked by a jumper from Hamill, F&M went on an 11-2 run over three minutes, with Sarosha Parsons tying the game at 14-14 with 3:38 left in the quarter. Both teams battled for the lead, with a Lindsey Powers three giving F&M the 25-23 edge at the end of the first.
Jennifer Falconiero knocked down the first basket of the second quarter to increase the Diplomats' lead to four. The Bears battled back to tie the game, but a layup from Kenna Williams kept the 32-30 advantage in F&M's favor at the 7:11 mark. Ursinus fought to take a 40-37 lead, but Haley Pilone notched four points in the final minute of play to give the Diplomats a 41-40 edge at the break.
A steal from Pisani in the opening minute of play gave Parsons the layup to extend the lead to three. Back-to-back buckets from Pisani brought the score to 52-49 with 5:21 left. Ursinus fought to take back the lead, but two free throws from Pilone evened the contest with four minutes left. The Bears kept the momentum, taking a 65-62 lead going into the final quarter.
Hamill completed the traditional three-point play to tie the game early in the fourth. No team gained more than a four-point lead throughout the quarter while F&M shot 8-for-10 from the free throw line, including Williams knocking one down to tie the game with 34 seconds and force the overtime period.
Hamill led all scorers with 27 points and came down with eight boards while Pisani recorded 22 points and three steals. Williams tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
F&M returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 8 hosting Washington College for a 6:00 p.m. matchup.