ANDERSON, Indiana – Senior Lexi McFarland broke a 58-58 tie with 48 seconds left lifting the Earlham College women's basketball team to a 61-58 win over Anderson University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Saturday.
The Quakers trailed 12-7 after one quarter, but opened the second quarter on a 16-5 run fueled by six points from seniors Hannah Franklin and Maya Luney along with four points from freshman Camryn White. Leading 23-17 with 1:08 to play in the first half, the Ravens ended the period with four points from Jireh Hart to close Anderson's gap to two points.
Leading 23-21 at halftime, Earlham opened the third quarter on a 9-4 run capped by a jumper from junior Mariah Flynn using a pass from McFarland.
Trailing by seven (32-25), Anderson battled back to take a one-point lead on a three-pointer from Kaycee Strunk with 1:47 to play in the quarter. The Quakers would end the quarter with a Franklin layup in transition.
Similar to the third quarter, the Quakers opened the quarter on a run and led 55-47 after a Flynn layup with 4:48 to play. Once again, the Ravens had the answer, tying the game 56-56 on a triple from Carly Hackler with 2:06 to play.
Both teams failed to score on their next possessions, but Flynn broke the deadlock with a layup at the 1:18 mark to put Earlham up two. Strunk answered with two free throws to tie the game once again, but McFarland gave the Quakers a 60-58 lead with 48 seconds to play.
After a defensive stop, McFarland hit one of two free throws to give Earlham a 61-58 advantage. The Quakers earned the win with a defensive stop on the game's final possession as a Hart three-pointer missed target.
Franklin led the Quakers with 16 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Flynn added 13 points while McFarland added 11. Luney finished one rebound short (10 points and nine rebounds) of a double-double.
Strunk led all scorers with 29 points while Hart added 15 points and 17 rebounds for Anderson.
The Quakers finished 26-61 shooting for 43.6 percent compared to 19-54 for 35.2 percent for the Ravens. The visitors held a 38-37 rebounding edge.
Earlham looks for a second consecutive win when it travels to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.