RICHMOND, Ind. – Hanover College held the Earlham College women's basketball team to 25 second-half points as the Panthers defeated the Quakers 85-74 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action at Schuckman Court on Saturday afternoon.
The first half featured nearly 100 points as Earlham scored 49 points while Hanover had 48. The Panthers led 25-19 after one quarter and 42-31 after a Katie Hartman jump shot rattled in with 4:38 to play in the first half.
After a full timeout from the Quakers, Earlham scored on its next six possessions including four points from senior Hannah Franklin and three from freshman Amy Weisner. Two free throws from freshman Shannon Pittman on the sixth possession tied the game 42-42.
An Earlham turnover broke the streak of scoring possessions, and a Holly Kallmeyer jumper gave Hanover a two-point advantage once again.
Two more free throws from Franklin and a three-pointer from senior Lexi McFarland saw the Quakers regain a three-point lead, but Alexis Nall countered with a layup with 37 seconds to play. Pittman converted two free throws on the next possession to give Earlham a 49-46 lead, but Nall's layup as time expired in the first half put the Panthers down by just a single point.
After a second quarter that saw Earlham outscore Hanover 30-23, the Panthers outscored the Quakers 25-13 in the third quarter and held the lead to victory.
Franklin led the Quakers in scoring with 17 points including six assists. Pittman added 14 points and six rebounds while senior Maya Luney turned in her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds while Lexi McFarland hit 3-7 three-point attempts for nine points.
Allison Nash led Hanover with 16 points in 11 minutes off of the bench. Nall and Macy Walker also scored in double figures.
Earlham finished 23-57 from the field for 40.4 percent compared to 30-63 for 47.6 percent for Hanover. The Panthers failed to make a single three-pointer, but converted 35-30 attempts from the free throw line. The Quakers made 5-12 triple tries and drilled 23-29 shots from the charity stripe. Hanover tallied 37 rebounds compared to 35 for Earlham.
The Quakers, who scored over 70 points for the first time this season, return to action on Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. contest at Defiance College.