McFarland’s 22 points leads women’s hoops past Arcadia in OT

Makayla McFarland action photo

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Senior guard Makayla McFarland netted a career-high 22 points, including seven in overtime, to lead Earlham College women's basketball to a 69-65 OT win over Arcadia University, on Friday morning at the Cruzin' Classic tournament at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

McFarland, who was 6-of-15 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free-throw line, was one of four Earlham players to score in double figures.

Junior guard Camryn White finished with 17 points, her seventh double-digit scoring performance through 11 games this season and one point off her season high. Sophomore center Rosie Newhart was 6-of-9 from the floor on her way to 12 points, while sophomore guard Kayla Bowling tallied 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting including one 3-pointer.

Sophomore guard Acacia Tenette grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go with four assists, five steals, and three points in the victory.

Earlham (4-7) was able to finally shake Arcadia (5-7) in the final minute of the extra session with the clutch efforts at the line.

White drained the second of her two foul shots in each of two trips to the line, first putting the Quakers in front 64-63 with a minute on the clock and then extending the lead to 65-63 with 39 seconds showing.

An Arcadia turnover and Tenette steal forced the Knights to foul, and McFarland connected on both shots to give the Quakers a four-point lead, 67-63. Arcadia got those two points back with a layup at the other end of the floor, but McFarland was again fouled and put on the line with five seconds remaining. She made both shots, giving Earlham the final 69-65 margin of victory.

The Knights forced the overtime period by erasing Earlham's five-point lead with 1:31 left in the fourth quarter, 55-50, after a Newhart layup. Arcadia's Julia Makowski knocked down a 3-pointer at the 1:15 mark, and Courtney Hoffman tied things with a layup with :49 on the game clock.

Earlham was 20-of-34 at the line versus Arcadia, after the Knights were whistled for 27 fouls over 45 minutes. The Quakers were called for 16 fouls, with the Knights connecting on seven of their 14 attempts.

Earlham will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, when they host Transylvania University in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup. Tip-off at the Druley Performance Gym is slated for 3:00 p.m.

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