GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg used a 13-0 run to open the fourth quarter, blowing open an otherwise tightly-contested game and giving Franklin & Marshall an 85-74 defeat on Thursday night in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball. The Diplomats fell to 8-10, 6-7 CC with the defeat, while the Bullets improved to 13-4, 9-3.
Gettysburg entered the fourth quarter with a slim 60-59 lead after three quarters of hotly-contested action, but quickly put the game out of reach by scoring the first 13 points of the final frame. The Bullets' Emily Gibbons, the leading scorer in the Centennial at 18.3 points per game, tallied eight points in the run.
The deficit reached as much as 18 with 4:13 left, but the Diplomats responded by putting together a 10-3 run capped off by a three from Haley Pilone at 1:53 to make it 82-71. Still, time ran out on F&M as the Bullets claimed an 85-74 victory.
The lopsided fourth quarter was not indicative of the first three stanzas. In the first, neither team was able to lead by more than four and a buzzer-beating layup from Kristin Hamill ended an exciting first period with the score tied at 15.
The Diplomats raced out to a 21-15 lead in the second as Pilone and Sarosha Parsons both connected from behind the arc to start the period. The lead never grew larger than six, but Gettysburg never fully erased the deficit as Pilone and Erica Brown both tallied six points in the second to give F&M a 37-35 advantage at halftime.
The Bullets got nine points from Gibbons in an 11-5 run to start the second half, but the Diplomats soon regained the lead thanks to eight points in two minutes from Ashlyn Petersen. A layup from Pilone gave F&M a 49-46 lead with 5:35 left in the third, but the deficit did not grow as the back-and-forth quarter featured seven lead changes. A strong offensive rebound and putback kicked off a six-point burst from Brown later in the period, but after three the Bullets held a 60-59 edge.
Pilone led the Diplomats with 16 points, while Petersen (15), Sarah Haddon (15), and Brown (14) also reached double digits. Haddon also pulled in a team-high 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.
Gibbons finished with a game-high 26 points, while Emma Dorshimer added 24 for the Bullets.
F&M now takes the weekend off, returning to action on Wednesday by hosting Ursinus at 7:00 p.m.