Women's hoops falls to MSJ to close out season

Zoe Curtis action photo

Score: Mount St. Joseph 59, Earlham 57
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio (Harrington Center)
Records: Earlham 8-17, 6-12 HCAC / Mount St. Joseph 14-11, 9-9 HCAC

THE SHORT STORY: A third-quarter rally by Mount St. Joseph closed what had been a five-point Earlham College lead at halftime, and a jumper by the Lions' Maddie Haberthy at the buzzer allowed MSJ to squeeze out a two-point win over the visiting Quakers in Saturday's season finale for Earlham women's basketball.                                                                         

OPENING TIP

  • Earlham held a 13-10 lead after the first quarter and led 26-21 at the halfway mark. Zoe Curtis scored eight of her 20 points in the second quarter, and the junior forward had 12 points through the first 20 minutes.
  • The Quakers extended their lead to eight points, 31-23, early in the third quarter on a Kayla Bowling three-point shot, and Earlham still led by seven points, 34-27, following a Camryn White trey with 6:06 left in the frame.
  • Mount St. Joseph went on a 15-2 run to take the lead, capped by a Hayley Hudson foul shot with 1:52 to play that left the Lions in front, 42-36. Kyndall Spears knocked down a three-pointer in the final minute, cutting the margin to 42-39 at the end of the quarter.
  • Three-pointers from Spears and Bowling kept the Quakers neck-and-neck with the Lions in the fourth quarter, and a Curtis layup with 3:56 on the clock allowed Earlham to regain the lead, 49-47.
  • MSJ's Maddie Haberthy answered with a three-pointer with 3:34 remaining, and the Lions continued to hold the lead heading into the final minute. Another White three-pointer pulled the Quakers to within one and a Curtis layup with four seconds remaining knotted the game at 57-57, but Haberthy's runner from just inside the top of the arc fell for two points to lift the Lions to the win.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Earlham committed 17 fouls which Mount St. Joseph converted into a 13-of-20 mark at the free-throw line. The Lions were whistled for 10 fouls, and the Quakers were 3-of-4 at the stripe.
  • The Quakers outworked the Lions in almost every other area of the box score. MSJ did outshoot Earlham, 39.2 percent to 36.5 percent, however, the Quakers had 23 field goals made to the Lions' 20, and Earlham had eight three-pointers to Mount St. Joe's six. The Maroon and White controlled the glass, 43 to 29, and had a 16-5 advantage in offensive boards.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Junior Zoe Curtis led Earlham with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field, while junior Camryn White charted 12 points. Junior Kyndall Spears chipped in with eight points off the bench.
  • Sophomore guard Acacia Tenette grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists.

NEXT UP
Earlham wraps up its 2018-19 season with an 8-17 overall mark, 6-12 in the HCAC, and tied for seventh place in the conference standings with Franklin College. The Quakers posted the most wins since the 2014-15 season.