RICHMOND, Indiana - The Earlham College women's basketball team forced Anderson University into 29 turnovers en route to a 69-53 victory over the Ravens in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opener for both teams on Saturday.
Earlham opened the game on an 18-4 run in the first eight minutes capped by a layup from Zoe Curtis. Anderson scored the final four points of the quarter as the Quakers took an 18-8 lead into the second quarter.
Anderson got within seven points (27-20) with 3:29 to play in the first half and forced an Earlham timeout from Head Coach Shauna Watson. The Quakers responded by scoring on their next three possessions on baskets from Kyndall Spears, Shannon Pittman and Mariah Flynn. After another defensive stop, a Spears' triple marked the end of the first half with the hosts holding a 36-21 advantage.
Earlham held a double-digit advantage the entire third quarter and led 54-37 after 30 minutes, but Anderson opened the final quarter on an 8-1 run as Hannah Dunn's layup put the visitors down 10 with 3:51 to play. The Quakers, who finished 15-of-21 at the free throw line, hit free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field in the game, but due to Anderson's 29 turnovers, Earlham made nine more field goals. The Quakers converted 4-of-16 shots from beyond the three-point arc while the Ravens were just 1-of-13 from distance.
Spears led all scorers with a career-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds. Curt added a dozen while freshman Kayla Bowling chipped in 11 points and four steams off the bench. Camryn White had five points, six boards, three steals and nine assists.
Carly Hackler and Hannah Hawkins both finished with nine points for Anderson in defeat.
The Quakers (1-4, 1-0 HCAC) host Bluffton University for a 7:30 p.m. contest on Wednesday.