CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Four Diplomats scored in double-digits to help Franklin & Marshall notch the 66-61 OT victory against Washington College on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action.
The Diplomats improved to 11-10, 8-8 CC while the Shorewomen dropped to 7-12, 4-10 CC.
Down by 11 at the start of the fourth quarter, a Haley Pilone jumper sparked F&M on a 12-0 run over four and a half minutes to come within one at 54-53 with just over three minutes remaining. A three from Washington's Helms increased the deficit to four with one minute remaining, but Sarah Pisani followed a crucial layup with a steal that led to Kristin Hamill's game-tying jumper to force the overtime period.
Two buckets from Pilone in the opening 90 seconds of overtime helped F&M take a final lead. The Diplomats held the Shorewomen scoreless over the next three and a half minutes with Washington's first basket coming with 34 seconds remaining. The Diplomats delivered the final blow, going 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to come away with 66-61 victory.
Back-to-back buckets from Hamill followed by a layup from Sarosha Parsons in less than three minutes helped F&M to a 7-2 lead at the 5:55 mark in the first quarter. Washington responded with a 12-2 run over the rest of the quarter, taking a 14-9 lead.
Sparked by a three-pointer from Pisani, the Diplomats notched a 7-0 run to tie the contest at 16-16 with 7:22 remaining. The Shorewomen jumped back out to a lead, but a free throw from Alisyn Narracci brought F&M back within four with two and a half minutes remaining. Parsons tied the contest with just over one minute left, but Washington held on to a 26-23 edge at the half.
Washington jumped out to a nine-point lead at the 7:35 mark in the third quarter, but free throws from Parsons followed by a Pisani three kept F&M within four. The Shorewomen kept the pace, tallying their first double-digit lead of the day at the 3:33 mark. Both teams traded baskets as Washington held on to a 52-41 advantage going into the fourth.
Hamill led all scorers with 16 points and brought down 11 rebounds. Parsons (14), Pilone (13), and Pisani (12) delivered double-digit performances.
The Diplomats travel to Dickinson on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a 7:30 p.m. contest.