GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball team suffered an 86-56 defeat at Gettysburg in Centennial Conference (CC) play Tuesday night.
The Diplomats fell to 2-3, 1-1 CC while the Bullets improved to 5-1, 3-0 CC.
Gettysburg jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter, the two F&M points coming on Sarosha Parsons free throws. A Kristin Hamill jumper with 3:43 left in the frame was the first field goal converted by the Diplomats. The Bullets led 22-8 after the first quarter.
F&M continued to stumble in the second as Gettysburg opened the quarter with back-to-back layups. Parsons and Maia Lockhart tallied the only field goals of the six-point stanza, with the final Diplomat points of the half coming on Emily Moran free throws. The Diplomats trailed 40-14 at the break.
The Diplomats struck first in the third, going on a 6-4 run over the first three minutes behind a pair of Hamill layups and a Moran jump shot to cut the deficit to 44-20. Gettysburg outscored the Diplomats 23-12 the rest of the quarter, including a 5-0 F&M run over the final 22 seconds, to lead 67-32 with one quarter left.
Trailing 78-38 with six minutes to go, the Diplomats outscored the Bullets 18-8 the rest of the way. Kenna Williams recorded seven points over the final six minutes, including 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Four Diplomats scored in double figures, paced by 15 points from Parsons.
Hamill picked up a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
F&M was more proficient than the Bullets at the free-throw line, shooting 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) compared to 16-of-24 (69.9 percent) from Gettysburg.
The Diplomats return to play Monday, traveling to Bryn Mawr for a CC tilt at 7:00 p.m.