Women's basketball upended by Defiance in road clash

Kyndall Spears

Score: Defiance 62, Earlham 46
Location: Defiance, Ohio (Karl H. Weaner Center)
Records: Earlham 8-16, 6-11 HCAC / Defiance 9-15, 8-9 HCAC

THE SHORT STORY: After a strong showing by Earlham College women's basketball in the first half that allowed the Quakers to hold a 28-24 lead at the intermission, some defensive breakdowns allowed Defiance College to slip past Earlham in the second half and post a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win over the Maroon and White.                           

OPENING TIP

  • After Defiance got on the scoreboard first, Earlham responded with a 7-0 run to take a first-quarter lead, and the Quakers were up on the Yellow Jackets, 13-11, after 10 minutes.
  • Earlham held its one-or-two possession lead through the second quarter and had a 28-24 advantage at the halftime break. The Quakers were 11-of-30 (.367 FG pct.) from the floor over the first two quarters, hitting slightly more of their shots than the Yellow Jackets' 9-of-24 (.375 FG pct.) ledger.
  • Defiance charted a 12-0 run consuming just over six minutes off the game clock in the third quarter, erasing a seven-point Earlham lead and taking a 36-31 advantage by the 1:50 mark of the period. A traditional three-point play by junior guard Amy Weisner ended the Defiance run and helped cut the margin to one possession, 37-34, heading into the final quarter.
  • An 18-3 Defiance run in the fourth quarter, interrupted only by a layup-and-one by Earlham junior Camryn White, proved decisive in the Yellow Jackets' favor.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Earlham and Defiance each charted 13 field goals made over the first three quarters of play, keeping the game close despite vastly different shooting percentages (28.2 percent for Earlham to 38.2 percent for Defiance).
  • The Yellow Jackets shot 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the field in the final stanza, and Defiance's 25 fourth-quarter points were more than they scored in the entire first half. Earlham was 3-of-11 (27.3 FG pct.) from the floor in the fourth quarter and could not keep pace with Defiance's shooting effort.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Junior guard Kyndall Spears led Earlham with 13 points off the bench, behind a 4-of-11 shooting performance with three three-pointers. White was the only other Earlham player in double figures with 12 points – her 17th double-digit scoring performance of the season.
  • Sophomore guard Acacia Tenette totaled four of Earlham's 10 steals and led the Quakers with six rebounds and three assists.
  • Defiance clinched an HCAC Tournament berth with the victory.

NEXT UP
Earlham women's basketball wraps up the 2018-19 regular season on Saturday, Feb. 16, when it faces Mount St. Joseph in an HCAC road contest.