LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball dropped a hard-fought 62-56 contest against Haverford in Centennial Conference (CC) basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
The Diplomats fell to 8-8, 5-6 while the Fords improved to 11-4, 7-4 CC.
Back-to-back layups from Kristin Hamill and Kenna Williams helped F&M to a 4-0 lead in the opening minute of action. A free throw from Hamill ended a five-point run from the Fords, keeping F&M within three with 5:32 left in the quarter. Jennifer Falconiero came away with the steal and breakaway layup with just over a minute left, but Haverford held on to a 17-9 lead at the end of the first.
After a slow start, Haley Pilone knocked down a three-pointer to bring the Diplomats within five two minutes into the second quarter. The jumper from Lindsey Powers shrunk the deficit to three with six and a half minutes remaining. The Fords responded with six unanswered points over the next three minutes. Williams knocked down two free throws to keep the deficit in single-digits at 28-18 going into the break.
Haverford came out with a quick five points, but a layup from Williams sparked a seven-point swing in F&M's direction bringing the score to 31-25 with just under eight minutes left. Both teams exchanged baskets while Maia Lockhart tallied a layup to keep F&M within seven at the 2:45 mark, but the Fords notched the final four points of the quarter to take an 11-point lead going into the final frame.
The Fords kept the momentum in the fourth, but an Alisyn Narracci bucket ended the early run, keeping F&M within 12. Sparked by a Hamill jumper, F&M went on a 9-0 run over four minutes to come within four with a minute left to play, but Haverford was able to remain consistent at the free throw line to hold onto the 62-56 win.
Hamill paced the offense with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Pilone tallied 13 points while Williams recorded her eighth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 boards.
The Diplomats travel to McDaniel on Tuesday, Jan. 22 for a 7:00 p.m. matchup against the Green Terror.