GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball team dropped to Gettysburg by a 77-66 score in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Wednesday evening.
The Diplomats fell to 10-10, 7-8 CC while the Bullets improved to 16-3, 13-1 CC.
Gettysburg came out to an early 9-5 lead five minutes into the first quarter, but F&M put together a 9-4 run over the next two and a half minutes, including two three-pointers from Haley Pilone to take a 14-13 lead. The Diplomats continued with a 6-2 run with baskets from Pilone and Sarosha Parsons to hold onto a 20-15 advantage at the end of the first.
The Diplomats kept the pace into the second, extending the deficit to three off the Kenna Williams layup at the 8:43 mark. Kristin Hamill knocked down a layup to keep the advantage 26-23 in F&M's favor, but the Bullets responded with a quick four points to take back the lead with just under five minutes left. Gettysburg kept the momentum, increasing the lead to eight, but the Diplomats scored five unanswered points in the final minute, going into the break down 40-37.
The Bullets carried the momentum into the second half, extending the lead to as much as 11, but a layup from Sarah Pisani brought F&M back within single-digits at the 7:27 mark. Hamill tried to get the offense moving with a layup with two and a half minutes left, but Gettysburg went into the final quarter ahead 64-46.
Sparked by two free throws from Pilone, the Diplomats tallied an 8-0 run over two minutes to cut the deficit to 12 with 6:31 remaining. F&M continued to battle back as Williams knocked down two free throws to bring the Diplomats within nine at the 3:26 mark, but Gettysburg stayed consistent at the line to finish with the 77-66 victory.
Pilone paced the offense with 24 points, shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. Hamill followed with 20 points while Williams notched her 10th double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards.
The Diplomats travel to Washington College on Saturday, Feb. 2 for a 1:00 p.m. contest.