Women's hoops upended by Bluffton in HCAC road contest

Kyndall Spears handling the ball versus Manchester.

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Earlham College women's basketball ran into a Bluffton squad that had its shooting touch throughout the game, eventually falling to the host Beavers, 58-39, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Wednesday night at the Sommer Center.

Sophomore Kyndall Spears (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) paced the Maroon and White with eight points, while senior Mariah Flynn (Kodak, Tenn./Seymour) chipped in with seven for the Quakers.

Earlham (3-15, 3-8 Heartland), which saw its two-game win streak snapped with the loss, shot .304 (14-of-46) from the field versus Bluffton (13-5, 8-3 Heartland), and went 7-of-10 from the free throw line.

Trailing by as many as nine in the first quarter, Earlham fought its way back into the contest and cut the margin to three points, 20-17, at the 9:40 mark of the second quarter. Bluffton responded with a 9-0 run over the next eight minutes, and went into the locker room with a 29-20 advantage at the intermission.

Bluffton stayed in command of the contest the rest of the way, topping out its lead at 21 points, 51-30, half way through the fourth quarter.

The Beavers connected at a .420 clip from the floor (21-of-50) and went 15-of-19 at the charity stripe. Bluffton also took advantage of 29 Earlham turnovers, leading to 24 Beaver points.

Bluffton had three players in double figures, led by Kaycee Rowe with 16 points. TJ Mills and Macey Sheerer added 13 and 11 points respectively.

Earlham women's basketball returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 27, when it travels to Anderson University to face the Ravens in an HCAC matchup. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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