RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College Women's Basketball turned in an outstanding effort at both ends of the floor on its way to a 74-49 rout of Defiance College, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Contest clash on Wednesday night at the Druley Performance Gym.
The lop-sided win keeps Earlham (6-18, 6-11 Heartland) in the thick of the HCAC tournament race with just one game left on the schedule. The Quakers are among four teams tied for fifth place in the Heartland standings with a 6-11 record, with the top six teams in the standings earning post-season berths.
The Quakers shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from the field while holding the Yellow Jackets to just 32.8 percent (19-of-58) shooting, and Earlham outworked Defiance on the glass, 40 to 33.
At the defensive end of the floor, Earlham had 17 steals led by first year Acacia Tennette (Sacramento, Calif./Highlands) with seven – one off her season high. The Quakers successfully held junior Sam Ervin, the ninth-ranked scorer in the HCAC, to just six points – seven off her season average – while keeping the Yellow Jackets nearly 13 points off their season average.
Sophomore Camryn White (Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy) led the Quaker offensive with a game-high 20 points, matching her season-best effort set a week ago at Hanover College. Senior Mariah Flynn (Kodak, Tenn./Seymour) and sophomore Zoe Curtis (New Castle, Ind./New Castle) added 14 and 10 points respectively, with Curtis hauling down a team-high five boards.
Sophomore Kyndall Spears (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) dished out a game-high five assists and charted four steals for the Quakers.
Defiance (7-17, 5-12 Heartland) threw a scare into the Quakers in the first quarter, holding a seven-point lead, 15-8, at the 2:39 mark following a layup by Lauren Rogers. The two teams were deadlocked at 16-16 at the end of the opening quarter, and the Yellow Jackets were still within one, 24-23, at the 4:27 mark of the second quarter.
Earlham finally began putting some distance between itself and Defiance on the scoreboard with a 12-2 run, buoyed by 3-pointers by White and Shannon Pittman (Lyons, Ind./White River Valley). That helped the Quakers hold a 39-27 advantage over the Yellow Jackets at the intermission.
The Quakers outscored the Jackets 23-7 in the third quarter on a 9-of-17 shooting performance to effectively put the game away.
Defiance was led by Rogers with 13 points while Shelby Stamm chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.
The Quakers close out their 2017-18 regular campaign on Saturday, Feb. 17, when they host Mount St. Joseph in a 1:00 p.m. tip-off. Earlham women's basketball will honor Flynn, its lone senior, during pre-game ceremonies.
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