SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball team survived a second-half comeback attempt by Swarthmore to earn its third consecutive Centennial Conference (CC) victory on Saturday, 62-57. The Diplomats improved to 9-12, 7-9 CC while the Garnet fell to 12-10, 9-8 CC.
F&M opened up the action with an 8-2 run, including a trio of baskets from Kristin Hamill. Swarthmore briefly closed the gap to four, 12-8, but the Diplomats answered with back-to-back buckets by Kenna Williams and Mia Grundberg to finish the frame with a 16-8 advantage.
The Garnet battled back again early in the second, narrowing the deficit back to four, 20-16, on a three-point play by Kendall Tribus at 7:51. The Diplomats responded to that push with a 10-5 run – capped by a Maggie White free throw - to go back up by nine, 30-21. Swarthmore surged at the end, 7-3, to enter the break down just 33-28.
Swarthmore came out of halftime with a vengeance, chipping away at F&M's lead until an Abigail Pirron jumper at 3:11 put the Garnet ahead for the first time, 42-41. The two sides played tight in the rest of the period, but a Faith Nation jumper gave Swarthmore a 49-47 edge entering the fourth.
Maia Lockhart opened the final frame with a three pointer to put F&M up 50-49. The Garnet tied the game again, 52-52, on a Christina Holmgren free throw. Lockhart, again, gave the Diplomats the lead, 54-52, on a layup at 5:41. F&M never trailed again, but also never took a lead larger than six points. Swarthmore came back to close the score to 58-56 in the final minute, but a Williams layup on the next possession was the death knell for the Garnet, unable to get another possession with an opportunity to tie the game as F&M survived with a 62-57 win.
Hamill paced the offense with 25 points on 11-of-23 shooting. Williams and Lockhart finished with 11 points each while Sarosha Parsons added 10 points.
Williams finished with a game-high 19 boards, including 11 on the offensive glass and a key offensive rebound in the final minute, for a double-double. Hamill and Parsons finished one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards apiece.
The Diplomats were out-shot from three (57%-12%) but were more efficient from the field overall (36%-31%) while dominating the rebound disparity, 52-36.
F&M returns to Lancaster for a four-game home stand to wrap up the regular season, beginning with a Wednesday night CC contest against Bryn Mawr at 6:00 p.m.