RICHMOND, Indiana – Senior Lexi McFarland became the Earlham College women's basketball program's all-time leader in career three-pointers in a 87-61 loss to Bluffton University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Wednesday evening.
McFarland, who did not hit a three-pointer in the first 35 minutes, nailed back-to-back triples with just under five minutes to play. After two misses, the Memphis, Indiana native connected on the 135th three-pointer of her career with 2:15 to play, passing former teammate Kasin Spay's mark of 134 career triples established last year.
The Quakers trailed 25-16 after one quarter of play, but forced five Beavers turnovers early in the second quarter to go on a 12-3 run over six and a half minutes. A layup from senior Hannah Franklin in transition at the 4:19 mark of the second quarter got Earlham within a single point at 29-28.
Bluffton (20-4, 14-3 HCAC) answered with an old-fashioned three-point play to extend its lead by four, but another transition layup, this time from freshman Camryn White, pulled the Quakers within two points.
Leading 32-30, the Beavers ended the half on a 9-3 run to lead 41-33 at the break. Unfortunately for Earlham, Bluffton opened the second half strong, going on a 14-6 run to put the game out of reach.
Franklin led all scorers with 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes. McFarland added nine points while White had eight. Senior Maya Luney contributed seven points, seven rebounds, and two blocks in 18 minutes.
Kaycee Rowe and Macey Sheerer, who scored her 1,000th career point in the contest, led the Beavers with 17 points each. Abigail O'Donnell added 14 points while Rachel Beining had a dozen.
Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field with Bluffton making 29-65 field goal attempts compared to 24-59 for Earlham. The Beavers had a healthy edge at the free throw line, however, making 28-43 shots while the Quakers went 9-12 from the charity stripe.
Bluffton outrebounded Earlham 47-32 and led a slight 13-12 edge in assists.
The Quakers will end their 2016-17 season at home against Mount St. Joseph University on Saturday. Tip-off from Schuckman Court is scheduled for 1 p.m.