An 11-14 overall record, highlighted by a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over No. 20 NYU on Dec. 30, highlighted a continuation of the Franklin & Marshall women's basketball program's upward trajectory in 2016-17. The Diplomats finished the year with a 9-11 record in the Centennial Conference and remained in the conversation for the CC Playoffs into February, almost doubling last season's win total and marking the third consecutive year that the team bettered its record from the previous season.
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Following wins over Bryn Mawr (Dec. 3) and McDaniel (Dec. 10), F&M made it three victories in four games on Dec. 30 with a dramatic comeback victory over NYU. Haley Pilone '19 nailed a game-tying baseline jumper with 10 seconds remaining, before stealing the ensuing inbound pass. A clutch free throw from Lindsey Powers '19 with 1.7 seconds left sealed the win as the Diplomats downed the No. 20 Violets, 56-55.
F&M added another dramatic victory on Feb. 9 against CC opponent McDaniel, with Kristin Hamill '20 finishing off a fourth-quarter comeback by knocking down a jumper from the elbow at the buzzer to give the Diplomats a 57-55 win.
The regular season came to a close on Feb. 18 as F&M celebrated seniors Shannon O'Connor '17 and Sarah Haddon '17. The Diplomats rounded out the year with a 65-61 win over the Garnet, and Haddon netted her 1,000th career point in the second quarter, becoming the 16th player in program history to reach the milestone.
For her efforts, Haddon earned Honorable Mention All-CC recognition from the conference. The senior led the Diplomats in points per game (11.7), rebounds per game (7.4, also good for ninth in the CC), and minutes per game (30.8) on the year, while also ranking in the program's top 15 of several statistical categories. Her six double-doubles also led the team, and her 1.2 blocks per game ranked sixth in the CC.
Pilone finished the season averaging double digits at 10.2 points per game, followed by 9.7 points per game from Erica Brown '18. Sarah Pisani '19 finished off a strong sophomore campaign, averaging 4.4 assists per contest, good for fourth in the conference.