RICHMOND, Indiana – Defiance College outscored the Earlham College women's basketball team 21-7 in the third quarter in a 68-62 victory over the Quakers in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action at Schuckman Court on Wednesday evening.
The Quakers scored the first six points of the game on two layups from freshman Shannon Pittman and an offensive put back from junior Mariah Flynn. Trailing 6-0, the Yellow Jackets battled back to tie the game 15-15 on a three-pointer from Mekai White with 1:39 to play in the first quarter. Earlham scored the final two baskets of the quarter on a jumper from senior Hannah Franklin and a post move and finish from senior Maya Luney.
Franklin scored Earlham's first four points of the second quarter, but Defiance got within two points on a triple from Ashley Williams with 3:49 to play in the first half. The Quakers would lead by five with under a minute to play in the first half, but two free throws from Erica Smay cut Earlham's lead to three (31-28) at halftime.
Defiance (12-8, 9-4 HCAC) led 49-38 after three quarters, and extended its lead to 52-39 on three-pointer from Liz Martin. The Quakers would not go away, however, as the hosts went on a 14-5 run capped by a baseline jump shot from freshman Amy Weisner making the score 57-53 with 3:11 to play.
On the next possession, Mekai White converted one of her 13 triple ties to put the Yellow Jackets back up by nine and seal the victory.
Franklin led the Quakers with 15 points while also tying her season high with six assists. Junior Mariah Flynn fell one rebound short of a double-double (10 points and nine rebounds) while freshman Zoe Curtis added career highs in points with nine and rebounds with six.
White and Williams both finished with 18 points for the Yellow Jackets. The HCAC's leading scorer, Kelsey Tietje, was held to 13 points, but did grab 18 rebounds.
The Quakers continue conference play at Anderson University on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.