RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's basketball team turned a double-digit deficit into a 4-point margin in the third quarter, but Centre College outscored the Quakers 26-15 in the final quarter to earn a 74-56 road win at Schuckman Court on Sunday afternoon.
The Colonels led by as many as 15 points (32-17) early in the third quarter, but a 3-pointer from Kyndall Spears and baskets from Shannon Pittman and Mariah Flynn cut the visitors lead to 10 (34-24) with 6:21 to play. Centre would hold its double-digit lead to over the next four minutes until an old-fashioned 3-point play from Rosie Newhart made the score 40-32. Five more free throws from the Quakers put the hosts within four points with 1:34 to go to in the third quarter.
Earlham trailed by just seven points (48-41) entering the fourth quarter, but could not get enough defensive stops down the stretch to secure the win.
Paige Kellam led all scorers with 15 points and six assists while Abigail Stewart and Madison Marcum both scored a dozen for Centre.
Spears finished with a career-high 10 points to mark the lone Quaker to finish in double figures in scoring. Flynn, Pittman and Newhart all added seven points while Kayla Bowling six points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench.
As a team, Centre converted 29-of-61 (47.5 percent) from the field including marking 13-of-14 (92.9 percent) from the free throw line. Conversely, Earlham made 19-of-57 (33.3 percent) of its shots from the field and 14-of-23 (60.9 percent) from the free throw line. The Colonels held a 38-34 rebounding edge.
Earlham (0-4) has the week off and opens Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play against Anderson University on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.