WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Earlham College women's basketball team fell to Otterbein University 60-41 in a defensive battle on day one of the Smokey Ballenger Classic on Thursday.
The Cardinals scored opened the game on a 16-5 run in the first seven minutes. Trailing 16-9 after the first quarter, freshman Shannon Pittman scored seven consecutive points to pull the Quakers within two points at 18-16.
Otterbein responded with a three-pointer on the following possession, but senior Hannah Franklin's triple at the 6:21 mark pulled Earlham within two once again.
The Quakers failed to score the rest of the half, however, as the Cardinals ended the second quarter on an 8-0 run.
The hosts outscored Earlham 18-11 in third quarter to put the game away.
Pittman and Franklin both finished in double figures in scoring to lead Earlham offensively. Seniors Maya Luney and Shania Feathers combined for 13 rebounds. Ali Cartnal led all scorers with 19 points on 7-13 shooting for Otterbein.
The Quakers shot 28.3 percent from the field, marking the second time this season Earlham has shot under 30 percent. The Cardinals finished 23-60 for 38.3 percent.
Earlham, which never led in the contest, grabbed 37 rebounds while Otterbein had 41 boards.
The Quakers finish the Smokey Ballenger Classic tomorrow (Friday) with a 1 p.m. game against Albion College.