RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College women's basketball team opens the New Year with a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) contest against Transylvania University at Schuckman Court on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham and Transylvania. The Quakers are in search of their first win of the season after falling to Otterbein University and Albion College at the Smokey Ballenger Classic last weekend. The Pioneers sit at 8-3 on the season after a pair of wins in the Pat Deacon Classic last weekend.
The Coaches: Janel Iden is his her fifth season with the Earlham women's basketball program including her second as head coach. She previously served the program as acting head coach for the 2014-15 season and an assistant coach for the two years prior. Before arriving at Earlham, Iden spent three years as an assistant coach at Mount Union. The Purple Raiders went 80-11 and appeared in three NCAA Division III Tournaments during that time. Juli Fulks, who graduate from Capital University, is in her third season as head coach at Transylvania after spending nearly a decade at Lewis & Clark University (Ore.).
The Players: Senior Hannah Franklin (12.4 PPG) and freshman Shannon Pittman (10.2 PPG) both average over 10 points per game to lead the Quakers offensively. Beyond that, junior Mariah Flynn and freshman Camryn White both score over five points per game. The senior post combination of Maya Luney and Shania Feathers grab nearly 11 rebounds per game. Celia Kline leads the Pioneers in scoring at 15 points per game. Aubrey Cox rallies 12 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest.
Tale of the Tape: Points per game – Earlham 55.2, Transylvania 66.5; opponents' points per game – Earlham 70.8, Transylvania 55.6; field goal percentage – Earlham 35.6, Transylvania 37.0; three-point percentage – Earlham 27.6, Transylvania 36.8; rebounds per game – Earlham 37.7, Transylvania 38.5.
Recent History: Earlham has not beaten Transylvania University since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010-11 season. The Quakers nearly defeated the Pioneers at home last season, falling 75-73 on a last-second basket.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contest will be available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham continues HCAC play by hosting Hanover College on Saturday at 2 p.m.