LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball team fought off a fourth-quarter surge to pick up a 64-54 victory over Washington in Centennial Conference (CC) play on Saturday. The Diplomats improved to 7-12, 5-9 CC while the Shorewomen fell to 8-11, 5-9 CC.
Kristin Hamill opened the scoring with back-to-back buckets in the first minute. Washington answered with a run of nine unanswered points, claiming a 9-4 advantage at 5:50. The Diplomats clicked with a 10-0 run through the end of the frame, taking a 14-9 lead into the second. Hamill finished the first quarter with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Shorewomen made an early push to begin the second, scoring five of the first seven points in the frame to briefly close the deficit to two points, 16-14. Maia Lockhart completed a 3-for-3 sequence at the free-throw line, igniting a 14-6 run by the Diplomats to take a 30-20 lead into the break, capped by an Emily Moran three and a Hamill layup.
The Diplomats continued to torment Washington out of halftime, opening the third stanza on a 13-4 run over the first six minutes, taking a 43-24 lead. Threes from Moran and Meg Navarro were key in the run. F&M didn't let up through the rest of the quarter as a Sarosha Parsons layup gave the Diplomats a 50-30 advantage entering the final frame.
Washington made a strong comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, closing the gap to as little as six points within the final minute. A strong 10-of-16 showing by F&M at the free-throw line in the fourth kept the Shorewomen at arm's length to hand the Diplomats the 10-point victory.
Moran paced the F&M scoring with 19 points, including 7-of-8 at the free-throw line, contributing in all facets of the game with four boards, three steals, and a pair of assists.
Hamill poured in 16 points with 13 rebounds for a double-double. Williams led the Diplomats on the glass with 14 rebounds, swatting five blocks along the way.
Lockhart recorded a season-high 11 points, shooting a perfect 5-for-5 at the stripe. Alisyn Narracci added six points on 3-for-5 shooting off the bench. Navarro was a key bench contributor as well, tallying three points, two boards, a steal and an assist in 11 bench minutes.
The Diplomats held a 51-39 rebound advantage over Washington, as well as advantages on field goals (39%-31%), three-pointers (38%-30%) and free-throws (57%-50%).
F&M hits the road to challenge McDaniel on Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. CC tilt.