LANCASTER, Pa. – Led by a season-high 30 points from Kristin Hamill, Franklin & Marshall notched its third-straight victory a 77-63 win over Muhlenberg on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action.
The Diplomats improved to 8-6, 5-4 CC while the Mules dropped to 9-5, 5-4 CC.
A layup from Pilone gave F&M a 6-4 edge with 7:05 left in the opening quarter. A jumper from Hamill followed by a three-pointer from Pilone increased F&M's lead to five with just under five minutes remaining. Muhlenberg was able to take the momentum, holding on to a 20-16 lead at the end of the first.
Sparked by two free throws from Emily Moran, the Diplomats opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run, taking the 23-20 advantage. The Mules were able to tie the game at the 4:31 mark, but a Sarosha Parsons layup less than 10 seconds later gave F&M back the lead. The Diplomats ended the half with a 6-2 run to take a 36-32 lead at the break.
F&M came out strong, going on an 11-0 run in the opening three and a half minutes of the half, taking a 47-32 lead. A layup from Kenna Williams kept F&M's lead to 14 with five minutes left in the quarter. Pilone knocked down two free throws to increased the deficit to 15 going into the final quarter of the game.
Pilone tallied back-to-back buckets to bring the score to 67-50 in F&M's favor at the 7:36 mark. The Diplomats kept the pace momentum with Sarah Pisani knocking down a three with just under five minutes left, bringing the deficit to 16 points. F&M kept the pace, holding on to the 77-63 win to beat the Mules for the first time since 2012.
Hamill led all scorers with 30 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Pilone followed with 18 points, then Parsons with 12. Williams pulled down 12 boards while Pisani dished out nine assists.
The Diplomats host Ursinus on Wednesday, Jan. 16 for a 7:00 p.m. contest.