RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's basketball team hosts Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ) on Senior Day this Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham and Mount St. Joseph. The Quakers enter the game looking to snap a three-game skid after falling to Bluffton University 87-61 on Wednesday. Similarly, the Lions are in search of their first win in five games after a 68-55 loss at the hands of Hanover College on Wednesday.
The Coaches: Earlham is under the direction of interim head coach Kevin Hayden. A Ball State University alumnus, Hayden served as an assistant men's basketball coach for the previous two seasons along with his duties as assistant to the director of athletics. Dan Benjamin is in his fourth season at Mount St. Joseph including his second as head coach.
The Players: Senior Hannah Franklin, who recently became the 13th member of the 1,000-point club, leads the team in scoring at 11.6 points per game. She also dishes out a team-high 3.3 assists per game. Freshman Shannon Pittman and junior Mariah Flynn aid Franklin in scoring as both average over seven points per game. Freshman Camryn White and senior Lexi McFarland, the new career leader in three-point field goals with 135, both average 5.5 points per contest. Senior Maya Luney leads the squad in rebounding at 6.3 boards per contest. Lainee Studer does it all for the Lions, leading MSJ in scoring at 13.3 points per game and rebounds at 5.7 per contest.
Tale of the Tape: Points per game – Earlham 54.8, Mount St. Joseph 47.3; opponents' points per game – Earlham 71.2, Mount St. Joseph 63.9; field goal percentage – Earlham 36.2, Mount St. Joseph 32.8: three-point percentage – Earlham 28.2, Mount St. Joseph, 26.5; rebounds per game – Earlham 36.7, Mount St. Joseph 30.3.
Senior Day: The game marks the final career game for six seniors – Sylvia Barnes, Shania Feathers, Hannah Franklin, Maya Luney, Lexi McFarland, and Sophia Richard. Student manager Montana Ross will also be partaking in her final game with the program.
First Time Around: The Quakers edged the Lions 63-58 in Cincinnati on Jan. 14. Both White and McFarland scored 15 points, marking season bests for both.
Recent History: Earlham is 7-6 against Mount St. Joseph since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010-11 season. The Quakers have won six of the last seven meetings.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contest will be available – visit the links above.