RICHMOND, Ind. – Senior Shania Feathers scored a career-high 11 points, but Manchester University's Samantha Bolen led all scorers with 20 points as the Spartans edged the Quakers 63-59 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) contest at Schuckman Court on Sunday.
Earlham scored the first four points of the game on baskets from Feathers and freshman Shannon Pittman. After the team's traded baskets making the score 6-2, Manchester went on a 12-0 over the next four minutes to take and eight-point advantage.
Manchester continued to lead in the second quarter, and one of the Spartans' two three-pointers on the day made the score 31-23 with 2:28 to play in the first half.
Trailing 32-29 at the break, the Quakers regained the lead midway through the third quarter on two free throws from freshman Camryn White. Three minutes later, a jumper from Pittman gave Earlham its largest advantage of the game, a five-point (44-39) lead with 2:35 to play in the third quarter.
Earlham held that lead until Faith Alexis-Graham gave Manchester a 49-48 with 6:39 to play in regulation. The Spartans scored five points on their next three possessions, but senior Lexi McFarland maintained a one-point edge for the Quakers made a three-pointer and a jumper on consecutive possessions.
Trailing 55-54, Manchester scored on its next three possessions, but jumpers from junior Mariah Flynn put the Quakers within a single point (60-59) with a minute to play. Unfortunately, Flynn couldn't connected on the free throw after being fouled on the second basket, but Earlham got a stop on the ensuing possession and had the ball trailing by a point.
The Spartans forced a Quaker turnover with 11 seconds remaining, and hit free throws to seal the win.
The Quakers featured a balanced scoring attack as five players finished with at least six points along with Feathers' 11 points. The Altoona, Pa., native also led the team in rebounding with eight boards while senior Maya Luney added seven rebounds off of the bench.
Along with Bolen's 20 points, Jenifer Lee had 13 points for Manchester while Alexis-Graham and Beth Schaefer each tallied 11.
Earlham shot 34.8 percent from the field as a team while Manchester shot 40.4 percent for the game. The Quakers made one more field goal (24-23) than the Spartans along with one more three-pointer (3-2). Manchester made up the difference from the free throw line, making 15-19 attempts while Earlham shot just 8-16 from the charity stripe.
The Quakers edged the Spartans in rebounds 43-39 and committed a season-low 12 turnovers compared to 13 assists.
Earlham returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Wittenberg University at 2 p.m.