LANCASTER, Pa. – A strong first quarter was not enough for Franklin & Marshall against Gettysburg on Tuesday night in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action, falling to the Bullets 74-55. The Diplomats fell to 0-3, 0-1 CC with the defeat, while Gettysburg improved to 2-1, 1-0.
F&M was quick out of the gates, getting a pair of deuces from Erica Brown and Sarah Haddon before Haley Pilone connected from behind the arc to give the hosts a 7-2 lead with seven minutes left in the first. The Diplomats continued to roll as Haddon earned back-to-back three-point plays to increase the lead to 13-6 with 4:21 left in the period. Another two from Haddon and buckets from Lindsey Powers and Rosha Parsons pushed F&M into the first intermission with a 19-16 edge.
Another 6-1 run gave the Diplomats a 25-17 edge early in the second after Brown scored from close range. However, the Bullets took control from there, allowing F&M just three points in the next eight minutes to give the visitors a 35-28 edge at the break.
At halftime, Haddon led the Diplomats with 12 points, while Gettysburg's Emma Dorshimer paced all scorers with 16.
F&M looked set to stem the tide early in the third, getting two from Haddon and four from Pisani to stay within nine at 43-34 with 5:56 left in the third. Still, the Bullets responded with a basket from reigning CC Player of the Week Emily Gibbons to take a 45-34 edge. That lead never returned to single digits, as Gettysburg reeled off a 10-3 run to take a 55-37 advantage with 2:21 on the clock.
The Bullets carried the momentum into the fourth, stretching the lead to as much 22 in the late minutes before eventually taking the game 74-55.
Haddon finished with 18 points on the night, and just missed out on her second double-double of the season after pulling in a team-high eight boards. Brown (12) and Pisani (11) also scored in double digits for F&M.
Gibbons and Dorshimer both recorded a double-double on the night, as Dorshimer collected 12 rebounds to go along with a game-high 22 points and Gibbons scored 15 with 14 boards.
The Diplomats take the next seven days off, returning to the court next Tuesday at Ursinus for a 7:30 p.m. CC Matchup.