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Diplomats outlast Herons in WPI Holiday Classic finale

First-year Miranda Martin led the William Smith College basketball team as it fell 51-45 to Franklin and Marshall College on the second day of the WPI Holiday Classic. The Herons fall to 1-9 on the season while the Diplomats move to 5-5.

The Herons found crucial minutes from their bench, with non-starters scoring 36 of their 45 points. Martin led William Smith with 17 points and two rebounds, breaking her career high that she set last night against the host Engineers. Senior Brooke Jarvis chipped in 15 points and four rebounds while first-year Ava Lobozzo added four points and a career-high eight rebounds.

Martin was named to the WPI Holiday Classic All-Tournament team after combining for 26 points and nine rebounds.


  • Rebounds: Diplomats 38, Herons 36
  • Assists: Diplomats 11, Herons 10
  • Turnovers: Herons 18, Diplomats 18
  • Steals: Diplomats 10, Herons 7
  • Blocked Shots: Diplomats 2, Herons 1



  • The Diplomats opened up the contest with a 6-0 run before the Herons responded with a 6-0 run of their own fueled by four points from Martin and a jumper from Jarvis to tie the game at 6-6.
  • William Smith earned its first lead of the day when sophomore Leia Bunt sunk a deep three pointer to put the Herons up by one.
  • Franklin and Marshall went on a 7-0 run to end the first quarter on top 14-9.
  • The Herons produced their best quarter of the game in the second, outscoring the Diplomats 16-11.
  • Martin scored eight of William Smith’s 16 points in the second quarter to keep the Herons within one heading into the second half.
  • The second half opened with both teams playing strong defense, allowing only one point in the first three minutes. Lobozzo hit a deep jumper three minutes into the second half, tying the game at 27-27.
  • Franklin and Marshall responded with an offensive spark trying to extend on its lead. Jarvis kept the Herons alive as she responded to the Diplomats, dropping five points to keep William Smith’s hopes alive.
  • Martin and Lobozzo applied pressure on the Diplomats in the final quarter, scoring a combined five points to keep the Herons within reach.
  • Jarvis hit a deep three pointer with 24 seconds remaining in the game to bring William Smith within five, but Franklin and Marshall used the clock to their advantage and stayed strong from the free throw line to close out the contest on top.


“I’m really proud of our defensive effort today,” said Head Coach Lindsay Sharman. “It was the best 40 minutes of defense we’ve played all year, and it generated some solid offensive opportunities. We will work hard this week on finishing, so we are heading into next weekend playing strong on both ends.”


This concludes action in 2023 for William Smith. The Herons will be back in action Friday, Jan. 5, when they head to Rochester to take on RIT in a Liberty League matchup. Action between the Herons and the Tigers is set for 5:30 p.m.