CINCINNATI, Ohio – Senior Lexi McFarland and freshman Camryn White each scored a season-high 15 points, lifting the Earlham College women's basketball team to a 63-58 road win at Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ) on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions opened the game hitting four of their first five shots and led 9-0 three minutes in. The Quakers responded with a 13-4 run over the next five minutes fueled by triples from McFarland and White. MSJ ended the quarter with two free throws to tie the game 15-15.
Earlham, which had not won a road game since defeating Defiance College 67-55 on Feb. 11, 2015, opened the second quarter on a 17-7 run capped by a White layup in transition with 6:01 to play in the first half. The Lions responded with an 11-2 run of their own to end the half.
Leading 34-33 at halftime, Earlham scored the first two baskets of the second half, a layup from senior Maya Luney and a three-pointer from senior Hannah Franklin. Trailing by six, MSJ got within two points at 44-42 on an Emily Townsend layup, but another triple from McFarland pushed the Quakers' lead back to five points.
The Lions trailed by five point or less for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, and got within two points when Lainee Studer hit a pair of free throws at the 4:45 mark.
Trailing 59-52 with three minutes to play, MSJ went on a 6-1 run over the next two and a half minutes capped by a three-pointer from Krystal Wannemacher to pull the Lions within two points (60-58) with 18 seconds left.
Junior Mariah Flynn sealed the win for the Quakers with two free throws on the ensuing possession.
McFarland tied a career-high with five three-pointers while White posted a career-high in points with 15 and field goals made with six. Franklin added seven points, five rebounds, and three assists while Luney tallied five points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Townsend led the Lions with 18 points and eight rebounds off of the bench while Wannemacher had 13 points and eight rebounds.
The Quakers shot 39.7 percent (23-58) from the field including 11-30 from three-point range, while MSJ finished with a 40.7 (22-54) shooting percentage. Earlham tallied an assist on 20 of its 23 field goals, a season-high. The Quakers outrebounded the Lions 35-34.
Earlham will look to establish a winning streak against league-leading Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Wednesday.