COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Sarosha Parsons' first career double-double and an 18-point effort from Sarah Haddon powered Franklin & Marshall to its first victory of the season on Tuesday night, holding on for a 51-47 over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball. The Diplomats improved to 1-3, 1-1 CC with the victory, while the Bears fell to 2-3, 1-1 CC.
Up 38-31 after three quarters of tight action, F&M got four points from Haley Pilone in an 8-2 run to take a 46-33 lead with 5:14 left in the game. Ursinus fought back to within six at 47-41, but Pilone converted four straight free throws to give the Diplomats an eight-point lead with 39 ticks left. Two Bears buckets in the last four seconds closed the gap late, but it was not enough for the hosts as F&M escaped with a 51-47 win.
Ursinus looked like the dominant team early on, sprinting out to a 9-0 advantage with 5:48 left in the first. Seven points from Sarah Haddon fueled a scorching response from the Diplomats, taking a 12-9 lead with 3:17 remaining in the quarter.
That lead grew to 17-11 after a three from Ashlyn Petersen with over nine minutes left in the second, but an 8-1 run gave the Bears a 19-18 lead at 7:35. That would be Ursinus' last lead of the game, as seven points from Haddon and a bucket from Parsons gave F&M a 27-22 lead after one.
Sixteen points and six rebounds from Haddon led the Diplomats at halftime. Parsons and Petersen chipped in four points apiece as F&M outrebounded Ursinus 24-14 in the first two quarters.
The score stayed close throughout the third, but the Bears never got closer than four as Parsons recorded six points and six boards in the quarter. The Diplomats held Ursinus to just nine points to take a seven-point edge into the fourth.
Parsons finished with 13 points and a massive 16 rebounds for her first career double-double. Her 16 rebounds is the highest single-game total by a Diplomat since Brittany Braxton pulled in 17 against Washington College on Feb 10, 2007.
Haddon just missed out on a double-double of her own with a team-high 18 points and nine boards as well as four blocks, while Pilone finished in double figures with 11 points.
F&M returns to CC action on Thursday, visiting Haverford at 7:00 p.m.