Four in Double Figures as Diplomats Outpace Bryn Mawr

Four in Double Figures as Diplomats Outpace Bryn Mawr

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall continued its winning ways on Saturday, getting double-digit points from four different players en route to an 80-53 trouncing of Bryn Mawr in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action. The win evened the Diplomats' record at 7-7, 5-4 CC while the Owls fell to 1-13, 0-11. 

Up 14-11 after the hosts put together a 7-1 run to close the first quarter, F&M exploded for 31 points in the second behind 13 points from Haley Pilone. Five scorers were involved as the Diplomats opened the frame with a 16-2 run for a 30-13 lead with 5:17 left in the half. Bryn Mawr closed the gap to 32-23 with 2:20 remaining on the clock, but back-to-back-to-back threes from Pilone bounced the F&M lead back to 15. A layup from the sophomore guard with nine seconds left in the half sent the Diplomats into halftime with a commanding 45-28 lead.

Pilone led the offense with 16 points at the half, while Sarah Haddon pitched in nine and Erica Brown added eight points and eight rebounds.

The third quarter brought more of the same for the Diplomats, who got a layup from Sarosha Parsons and an old-fashioned three-point play from Brown before Pilone again connected from range to give F&M a 53-31 advantage. The deficit never returned to less than 20, as a jumper from Devandria Bernard and triples from Ashlyn Petersen and AnnMarie DiCarlo closed out the quarter with the Diplomats leading 68-43.

F&M allowed Bryn Mawr no momentum in the fourth, with Petersen scoring the last seven points for the Diplomats in the 80-53 win.

Pilone finished with a team-high 19 points, going 7-of-11 with a 5-of-8 mark from behind the arc. Erica Brown made 8-of-9 free throws, notching 14 points to go with her game-high nine rebounds. Petersen finished with 12 points, and Haddon reached double figures with 11.

The Diplomats, currently fifth in the CC standings, open next week on Wednesday with a crucial matchup against fellow playoff contenders Dickinson at 6:00 p.m. in the Mayser Center.