LANCASTER, Pa. – Strong shooting from the free throw line lifted Ursinus over Franklin & Marshall by a 61-53 score on Wednesday evening in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action.
The Diplomats dropped to 8-7, 5-5 CC while the Bears improved to 10-5, 7-3 CC.
After a quick start from Ursinus, a Kristin Hamill layup brought F&M within one at 6-5 with just under five minutes left in the first quarter. A layup from Haley Pilone gave the Diplomats their first lead of the night at the two-minute mark, but the Bears held on to a 14-11 lead at the end of the first.
Emily Moran and Kenna Williams notched back-to-back buckets to bring the deficit to one at the 7:53 mark in the second quarter. A Hamill layup ended an 8-0 run for Ursinus and kept the Diplomats within single-digits with just over two minutes left in the half. Ursinus kept the pace, taking a 32-19 edge into the break.
F&M came out with a vengeance in the third quarter, opening with an 8-0 run over the first five minutes that included four points from Sarosha Parsons to come within five. Ursinus responded with four points from the free throw line, but the Diplomats notched an 11-2 run to close out the quarter just one point behind going into the final frame.
Three of Ursinus' first five points of the quarter were from the free throw line while a Pilone layup at the 7:15 mark kept F&M within two. The Bears tallied a quick run over two minutes, but a layup from Parsons kept the score at 51-47 with just under four minutes left to play. Hamill knocked down two free throws to keep F&M within four, but Ursinus downed seven out of eight free throws in the final 40 seconds to ensure the 61-53 victory.
Hamill led all scorers with 22 points and brought down 11 rebounds to help F&M hold a 37-34 advantage on the boards. Parsons followed with 10 points and five rebounds.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday, hosting Haverford for a 1:00 p.m. matchup.