BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Earlham College women's basketball team fell to defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) champion Bluffton University 88-54 on Wednesday evening.
The Quakers trailed by a dozen, 28-16, after the first quarter, but were outscored 21-8 in the second and trailed 29-24 at halftime.
Earlham did come out fighting in the second half and tallied 19 points in the third quarter while holding Bluffton to a game-low 16 third-quarter points. The Beavers rebounded with a 22-point fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Senior Hannah Franklin was the lone Quaker to finish in double figures in scoring with 12 points. Junior Freshman Camryn White added eight points while junior Mariah Flynn had six points. Freshman Maddy Krodel tallied career highs in points with six and rebounds with eight. In total, 11 different Quakers scored.
Macey Sheerer and Rachel Beining combined for 39 points to lead the Beavers. The two made 16 shots and missed just six shots.
Bluffton shot 51.5 percent from the field while Earlham finished 37.7 percent. The Beavers held a 41-30 rebounding edge.
The Quakers return to action on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game at Franklin College.