ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball program fell 54-48 at Muhlenberg on Saturday in Centennial Conference (CC) play. The Diplomats fell to 5-10, 3-7 CC while the Mules improved to 7-8, 5-5 CC.
Muhlenberg went up by double-digits, 12-2, with 2:40 left in the first. F&M's lone bucket over that stretch came on a Kristin Hamill jumper at 6:32. A three-pointer from Maia Lockhart ignited an 8-2 run by the Diplomats to finish the quarter within four points, 14-10.
The Mules crept a little further from the Diplomats in the second, outscoring F&M 17-13 in the frame. The discrepancy came at the free-throw line, where Muhlenberg outscored F&M 6-2 in the second quarter. The Diplomats trailed 31-23 at the break.
The eight-point difference at half became an 18-point difference as the Mules claimed a 16-6 run over the first eight minutes of the half. A Hamill jumper was the only points scored over the final two minutes as F&M entered the final stanza down 47-31.
F&M came out hot to start the fourth as Kenna William and Hamill both made layups in a 5-0 run by the Diplomats. The Mules went back up 14, 50-36, at 5:21 before the Diplomats answered with gusto. F&M took a 10-1 run to cut the deficit to just five, 51-46, with a minute to go. The late surge was to no avail, though, as the Mules settled down to take the victory, 54-48.
Hamill finished with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.
The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday, as the team goes to Haverford for a 6:00 CC-tilt.