HANOVER, Indiana – Junior Mariah Flynn scored a season-high 22 points in an Earlham College women's basketball 93-71 loss at Hanover College in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers (12-11, 10-6 HCAC) outscored the Quakers 27-16 in the first quarter by shooting 52.6 percent in the first quarter. Earlham did hold its lone lead of the game (14-13) on a layup from senior Shania Feathers midway through the period. Hanover ended the first ten minutes on a 14-2 run. After a Claire Comer three-pointer to begin the second quarter, Hanover led 30-16.
Earlham answered with a 19-5 run over the next six minutes fueled by nine points from Flynn and six from senior Hannah Franklin. Two free throw from Franklin tied the game 35-35 with 3:30 to play in the first half.
Hanover ended the half strong, however, scoring 10 of the game's next 11 points. A layup from freshman Zoe Curtis with two seconds cut the deficit to seven points (45-38) at halftime.
The Quakers pulled the score to 45-40 on a Flynn layup early in the third quarter, but the Panthers stretched the lead to 59-45 over the next five minutes and outscored Earlham 30-18 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Flynn led all scorers with her 22 points to go along with five rebounds despite fouling out in the contest. Franklin added 17 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.
Hanover featured a balanced scoring attack as six Panthers finished in double figures in scoring. Audrey Wetzel led Hanover with 16 points while Allison Nash added 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Both team shot over 40 percent from the field, but the Panthers converted 10-23 three-point attempts compared to 3-9 for the Quakers. Hanover also made 21-29 free throws while Earlham converted just 12-25 attempts from the charity stripe. The Quakers won the rebounding battle 46-43.
Earlham hosts Bluffton University and Mount St. Joseph University in the final week of the regular season next week.