RICHMOND, Indiana - The Earlham College women's basketball team started the game hot, but could not sustain the high level of play in an 88-61 loss to Berea College in the home-opener on Tuesday evening.
The Quakers began the game by making six of their first eight shots to take a 16-10 lead midway through the first quarter. Two free throws from Shannon Pittman, two layups from Zoe Curtis and a basket from Rosie Newhart put Earlham ahead 23-10 with 1:45 to play in the first quarter. The Mountaineers ended the quarter on a 9-2 run to get within six points.
Unfortunately for Earlham, its offense went cold in the second quarter as the Quakers scored just two points in seven minutes. Pittman broke the drought with a triple with 2:53 to play, making the scoreboard read 34-30 in favor of the visitors. Another Pittman jumper and a layup from Camryn White tied the game, but the Mountaineers took the 37-34 lead into halftime as Jaime Roberts connected on a 3-pointer with 17 seconds to play.
Berea broke the game open in the third quarter by outscoring Earlham 23-12 during that 10-minute stretch. The Mountaineers put the game out of reach by scoring 16 of the first 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Berea held an advantage in field goal percentage, 45.6 percent compared to 38.2 percent, as well as connecting on 9-of-18 shots from distance while Earlham made just 2-of-9 triple tries. The Quakers nearly rebounded as many missed shots as the Mountaineers (47-41), but were plagued by 29 turnovers.
Individually, Mariah Flynn led Earlham with 15 points while Curtis turned in her third consecutive double-digit effort with 12 points. Pittman scored 10 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds off the bench.
Adriana Williams led all scorers with 20 points while also making six steals. Bri Lanham recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Earlham (0-3) hosts Centre College for a 4 p.m. game on Sunday.