Women's hoops falls to Rose-Hulman's second half surge

Mariah Flynn with a jumper against Manchester University.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Earlham College women's basketball received double-digit scoring performances from Mariah Flynn (Kodak, Tenn./Seymour) and reserve Shannon Pittman (Lyons, Ind./White River Valley), but it was not quite enough offense for the Quakers to prevail as they dropped a 52-40 decision to Rose-Hulman, Saturday afternoon at Hulbert Arena.

Flynn finished with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field including three 3-pointers. Pittman came off the bench to contribute 10 points, six of which came at the free-throw line.

Earlham (5-18, 5-11 Heartland) held a 25-19 lead over Rose-Hulman (20-3, 16-0 Heartland) at the half, but the Fightin' Engineers rallied to outscore the Quakers 33-15 in the second half alone. The Maroon and White stayed within striking distance of the Engineers throughout the third quarter, and trailed by just three, 35-32, at the end of the third quarter.

Rose-Hulman scored the first six points on the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 41-32 by the 6:28 mark, before Zoe Curtis (New Castle, Ind./New Castle) ended the Quaker scoring drought with a layup – part of her eight points on the afternoon. The Engineers went 11-of-16 at the free-throw line over the final 10 minutes, quashing any Quaker come-back effort.

The Quakers and the Engineers had similar shooting performances for the afternoon, with each squad firing at 33 percent. Flynn accounted for all of Earlham's long-range attempts, while Rose-Hulman had two 3-pointers – both from Alyzia Dilworth.

Rose-Hulman was able to take advantage of a lopsided foul count in its favor, going 22-of-32 at the line on 26 Earlham fouls. The Quakers were 7-of-12 at the stripe, after the Engineers were whistled for a mere 14 fouls.

The Engineers were paced offensively by Ally Bromenschenkel with 12 points, while Dilworth and Lindsey Fagerberg also cracked double figures with 11 points each.

Earlham women's basketball closes out its 2017-18 season with a pair of home games, starting Wednesday, Feb. 14, as the Quakers host Defiance College. Tip-off at the Druley Performance Gym is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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