WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Earlham College women's basketball team went toe-to-toe in the first half of play against perennial power Chicago Wednesday night before falling by a final score of 93-64 in the Fred Raizk Memorial Tournament.
Earlham and Chicago played a close contest in the first quarter of the game that saw the Quakers trail by just three points, 23-20, when the period ended. EC got 10 points in the first frame from Acacia Tenette, who made 4 of 5 field goal attempts in the opening period. As a team, Earlham shot 7-13 (53.8%) from the floor and made 6 of 8 free throw attempts in the first quarter.
Both teams again played neck and neck in the second quarter. Earlham managed to get several Maroons into foul trouble and the Quakers capitalized at the foul line, sinking 10 of 12 attempts in the second period. At the half, Earlham trailed 42-34.
The University of Chicago, a Top 25 team to begin the season, stretched out their advantage to double digits in the second half. Earlham's defense managed to force 17 Chicago turnovers and the Maroons were held to just 21.1% (4-19) shooting from three-point territory.
Earlham will have a few days off for the holidays and will return to action on December 30 when the team travels to Lawrence Tech.