LANCASTER, Pa. – A lengthy second-quarter run erased a one-point Franklin & Marshall lead and helped propel Swarthmore to a 74-51 victory in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball competition on Saturday in Lancaster.
The Diplomats fell to 4-7, 2-4 CC on the year, while the Garnet improved to 6-4, 3-2 CC.
After trailing by a 14-6 score in the first quarter, F&M battled back with an 11-2 run to take a one-point lead with 8:50 to play in the second. However, the slim advantage proved to be the Diplomats' last of the day as the Garnet rattled off a game-defining 19-0 run that stretched six minutes of action and put Swarthmore ahead 35-17.
In the third, F&M made it interesting with a 13-4 spurt that closed the gap to nine at 52-43 with 41 seconds to go in the quarter. Kristin Hamill led the way with nine points during the run.
Swarthmore was quick to answer with a 12-2 run of its own that put the contest away for good with a 64-46 advantage and only 3:02 left in the fourth quarter.
The Garnet outshot the Diplomats by a 45.2-27.4 percent margin while Swarthmore hit 7-of-14 from three-point range.
Two F&M players recorded double-doubles as Kenna Williams (16 points and 15 rebounds) and Hamill (15 points and 12 boards) helped the Diplomats tally 30 of their points in the paint.
Dana Bandurick led the Garnet with 17 points on 7-of-14 from the field, to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. Forward Kendall Tribus chipped in 14 points and recorded four steals.
Centennial action picks back up Tuesday on the road against Dickinson. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. in Carlisle.