RICHMOND, Ind. – After surrendering a 17-point lead, Wittenberg University poured in 30 third-quarter points, lifting the Tigers to a 77-57 win over the Earlham College women's basketball team in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon.
Wittenberg (4-7) burst out to a 20-8 advantage in the first five minutes. The Quakers ended the first quarter on a 9-4 run fueled by three points from freshman Amy Weisner followed by back-to-back buckets from senior Hannah Franklin.
The Tigers stretched their lead to 18 points (35-17) on a free throw from Liz Tolliver from 5:50 to play in the first half.
The Quakers did not quit, however, and ended the first half on a 17-4 run using scoring from six different players.
Trailing 37-34 as the third quarter began, a three-pointer from junior Mariah Flynn 48 seconds into the half tied the game. Earlham went cold from the field after that basket, however, and the Tigers rattled 18 unanswered points to put the game away.
Wittenberg, which came into the game shooting 33.2 percent from the field, finished the game 29-72 for 30.3 percent. In addition, the Tigers connected on 9-23 triples for 39.1 percent, more than 10 percent higher than their season average to date.
The Quakers finished 21-61 from the field for 34.4 percent including 5-18 from the three-point arc. Earlham did get to the free throw line 15 times compared to 12 for the Tigers, marking the first time this season the Quakers have got to the charity stripe more than their opponent. Both Earlham and Wittenberg hit 10 free throws in the game.
Wittenberg held a 47-39 rebounding advantage.
Hannah Franklin led the Quakers with 14 points and six assists while freshman Shannon Pittman had 10 points. Freshman Amy Weisner tied her career high in points with seven while junior Maya Luney dished out a career-high four assists.
Alex Kiess (17 points), Alexis Perry (16 points), and Liz Tolliver (14 points) finished in double figures to lead the Tigers. Tolliver added nine rebounds.
Earlham returns to action for the final time this calendar year at the Smokey Ballenger Classic hosted by Otterbein University (Ohio) on Dec. 29-30. The Quakers will face the host Cardinals on Dec. 29 followed by Albion College (Mich.) on Dec. 30.