NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester University held the Earlham College women's basketball team to 10 points in the final quarter as the Spartans edged the Quakers 61-55 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
Manchester led 18-11 after the first quarter, but Earlham responded in the second, holding the Spartans to just six points over eight minutes. A three-pointer from junior Mariah Flynn with 2:04 to play in the first half tied the game 24-24.
After a Manchester free throw, senior Hannah Franklin nailed a triple, giving Earlham its first lead of the game 27-25. The Spartans scored the last three points of the first half to take a 28-27 lead into halftime.
The first five minutes of the second half were played within a four-point window as neither team led by more than two points. Faith Alexis-Graham hit a three-pointer to but the Spartans up two, but freshman Shannon Pittman responded with a three-pointer and a layup to give Earlham a 42-38 edge. The Spartans ended the third quarter on a 7-3 run to tie the game 45-45.
The teams remained deadlocked 50-50 two and a half minutes into the fourth quarter, but Manchester went on an 8-3 spirt over the next six minutes to lead by five with a minute to play and seal the game.
Franklin led the Quakers in scoring with 13 points while Pittman added nine points, a career-high eight rebounds, and three steals. Flynn added eight points and eight rebounds.
Jenifer Lee led the Spartans with 15 points and four assists while Alexis-Graham had 13 points.
The Quakers did win the rebounding batting 46-43 and dished out 13 assists compared to 12 for the Spartans.
Earlham continues HCAC play on Wednesday at Transylvania University. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.