BALTIMORE, Pa. – A strong second-half comeback fell short as Franklin & Marshall dropped to Johns Hopkins by a 66-59 score in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Thursday evening.
The Diplomats dropped to 9-9, 6-7 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 15-3, 11-2 CC.
Haley Pilone completed the and-one play to get the action going early in the game. Johns Hopkins responded with a 9-1 run over the next three minutes while a Kristin Hamill jumper kept F&M within three with five minutes left in the first. Pilone knocked down a three at the 2:18 mark to bring the Diplomats back within three, but the Blue Jays kept the pace to hold on to a 16-10 advantage at the end of the first.
Johns Hopkins took a double-digit lead four minutes into the second quarter, but another three from Pilone followed by a free throw from Sarosha Parsons decreased the deficit to eight with 3:24 left in the half. Alisyn Narracci tallied the final point of the half for the Diplomats, but the Blue Jays took a 35-22 edge going into the break.
F&M came out strong in the third quarter, going on a 6-0 run in the opening two minutes with buckets from Hamill and Kenna Williams to cut the deficit to seven. Both teams traded baskets while a three from Sarah Pisani followed by two buckets from Narracci cut the Blue Jays' lead to 41-39 with 1:24 left, but Johns Hopkins held on to a three-point lead going into the final frame.
The Diplomats kept the momentum, going on a 5-0 run to start the fourth quarter with points from Hamill and Williams to take their first lead since the first quarter. The Blue Jays responded to take back the lead, but two free throws from Pilone tied the contest at 49-49 with just over four minutes remaining. Pilone brought F&M within one at the 3:33 mark, but consistent free throw shooting from Johns Hopkins put the Blue Jays back up by nine with less than a minute left, ensuring the 66-59 victory.
Pilone paced the offense with 19 points, going 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Hamill and Parsons followed with 12 points each and Williams brought down nine boards.
The Diplomats return home on Saturday, hosting Swarthmore at 1:00 p.m.