LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall fell to Elizabethtown 88-79 on Sunday afternoon in the consolation game of the Terry Greene Women's Memorial Classic. The teams were all square after three quarters, but the Blue Jays pulled away with a 25-16 advantage in the final stanza for the victory.
With the loss, Franklin & Marshall dropped to 1-2 on the season. Elizabethtown improved to 3-1.
F&M had a balanced effort in the first quarter, with eight different players scoring from the field, including all five starters. An Alisyn Narracci jumper with 3:01 remaining pushed the Diplomat lead to eight at 19-11, but a 7-0 spurt from the Blue Jays cut the lead to one with 1:35 left. Kenzie Bradley's three-pointer pushed the lead up to 25-20 at the end of the quarter.
The Diplomats pushed their edge back to seven at 31-24 on an Emily Moran bucket from long range with 8:22 left in the second. Again, the Blue Jays battled back using a 14-5 run to snatch their first lead of the game at 38-36 with 4:14 left in the half.
F&M used a 10-2 run of its own to take a six-point lead on another Moran three with 2:07 remaining. A 5-0 spurt from the Blue Jays cut the Diplomat edge to one at the half.
Elizabethtown held a small advantage in the third quarter, knotting the game at 63-63 ending the final period. The back-and-forth game continued well into the fourth quarter, as a Kenna Williams layup with 5:21 remaining tied things at 74-74.
A quick 5-0 run from Elizabethtown was sliced to two at 79-77 on Emily Moran's fourth triple of the game with 2:47 left. The Blue Jays pulled away on a 9-2 spurt to finish the game, and grab the victory.
Franklin & Marshall was paced with 24 points and nine rebounds from Emily Moran, who shook off a 1-10 shooting performance the day before to finish 9-17 from the floor, including 4-7 from three. The effort doubled her previous career-high of 12, set last season at Bryn Mawr.
Kristin Hamill recorded her second consecutive double-double, finishing with 17 points, ten boards, and five assists. The senior center represented F&M on the All-Tournament Team. Sarosha Parsons ended with 12 points on 50% shooting, while Kenna Williams dropped in eight points and ten rebounds.
Lydia Lawson led the way for the Blue Jays, ending with 27 points and nine assists.
Elizabethtown held the advantage in shooting percentage 50.8%-40.3%, points in the paint 52-28, and fastbreak points 24-4. The Blue Jays knocked down 22-27 from the line, with the Diplomats converting on seven of their eight attempts. F&M led in three-pointers 10-2, rebounds 46-34, and second-chance points 20-7.
F&M returns to action next Saturday at 1:00 p.m., starting up its Centennial Conference schedule with a home tilt against Dickinson.