LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball program delivered a strong 66-44 outing against Bryn Mawr in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Wednesday. After winning their fourth consecutive contest, the Diplomats improved to 10-12, 8-9 CC while the Owls fell to 1-22, 0-18 CC.
Sarosha Parsons hit back-to-back layups to open up the action. Emily Moran followed suit with a layup and a three-pointer to give F&M an early 9-0 edge. A pair of free throws by Meagan Murray-Bruce got the Owls on the board, 9-2, but the Diplomats extended their lead to 14-4 before surrendering their first field goal to Bryn Mawr – a layup by Sydney Collins - with 2:46 left in the first. The two sides held each other in check through the rest of the frame, 4-3, as F&M entered the second period with an 18-9 advantage.
D'Naisha Bellamy-Greene started off the second with a basket to begin a 7-2 F&M run to extend the deficit to 14, 25-11. Bryn Mawr responded with a 6-0 run over the next two minutes to get the gap back down to single-digits, 25-17. The Diplomats then answered with a 6-0 run of their own, capped by a pair of Moran free throws at 2:56, 31-17. After the Owls briefly chipped away at the differential with a 5-0 stretch, a Kristin Hamill bucket in the final moments gave the Diplomats a 33-22 lead going into the break.
After briefly trading scores to open the third, a layup by Hamill ignited a stretch of 14 unanswered points by F&M to go up 51-26, taking a 25-point advantage. An Alisyn Narracci jumper at 1:35 capped the run. Hamill poured in six points over the five-minute span. Bryn Mawr knocked down back-to-back shots to close the gap to 51-30 entering the final frame.
Helena Martin opened the fourth with a jumper and the Diplomats responded with an 11-6 run, capped by a Mia Grundberg jumper at 5:13, to take a 62-38 lead. The Owls clawed back to a 20-point deficit, 64-44, on a 6-2 stretch that brought the game to the final minute of play. Another Grundberg jumper gave F&M a 66-44 lead before the end of the stanza as the Diplomats took the victory.
Hamill led all scorers with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 7-of-8 from the second quarter onward. Narracci and Moran also scored in double-figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Grundberg tallied a team-high seven rebounds and finished with six points on 3-of-6 shooting. The first-year also contributed with four steals, three blocks, and a pair of assists in 24 minutes off the bench.
Maggie White poured in eight points behind a strong 5-of-6 performance at the free-throw line. Bellamy-Greene chipped in with three boards and a team-high four helpers.
F&M out-shot Bryn Mawr from the field, 43%-32%, also out-rebounding the Owls, 38-33, including a 15-10 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Diplomats stay in Lancaster on Saturday, hosting Muhlenberg in CC play at 7:30 p.m. before entering the final week of the regular season.