LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball team delivered a decisive 60-49 victory over Washington College in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Tuesday evening.
The Diplomats improved to 6-6, 3-4 CC while the Shorewomen dropped to 5-7, 2-5 CC.
Washington took an early seven-point lead, but a layup from Lindsey Powers brought F&M within two with 4:39 left in the first. The Shorewomen kept the pace while an Emily Moran three at the 1:40 mark brought the Diplomats within four, but Washington finished out the quarter with a 13-8 advantage.
The Diplomats opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run over three and a half minutes with a Kristin Hamill layup giving F&M its first lead of the night at 14-13. A Sarosha Parsons three followed by a Hamill layup extended F&M's lead to four with 2:21 left in the half. Moran knocked down another three with just over a minute remaining to keep the score 26-22 in F&M's favor going into the break.
Back-to-back threes from Haley Pilone and Sarah Pisani sparked the Diplomats on a 10-0 run with four points from Kenna Williams to increase the deficit to 12 with 6:02 left. Washington fought back, coming within three, but a Moran layup ended a run 9-2 run for the Shorewomen. F&M held on to a four-point lead going into the final frame.
As the teams battled for a lead, Williams knocked down two free throws to spark F&M on a 13-0 run that included points from five different players, taking a 60-43 lead with 1:45 remaining in the game and cementing the 60-49 victory.
Hamill led all scorers with 15 points along with eight boards. Williams added on 15 rebounds to help F&M to a 46-37 advantage on the boards.
The Diplomats travel to Bryn Mawr on Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.