NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. -- Earlham College and Manchester University squared off in early Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans used a strong third quarter and Earlham's late rally in the fourth fell just short as the Quakers fell by a final score of 64-58.
EC got off to a strong start in the game, leading 13-10 after the first quarter of play. Zoe Curtis scored seven of her 17 points in the first period to pace a balanced Earlham attack.
The Quakers and Spartans remained close the remainder of the first half as Manchester tied the game at 24 after outscoring EC 14-11 in the second period.
Earlham got six points from Mariah Flynn, who scored 17 points in the contest, in the the third quarter. Earlham trailed by by just five points heading into the fourth quarter.
A layup from Curtis cut Manchester's lead to one, 46-45 with 7:42 remaining in the game. The Spartans used a late push to build a 10-point lead with just over four minutes left to play. The Quakers managed a late run that saw the deficit get cut to six points, however, Manchester converted late foul shot attempts to hang on for the win.
Earlham shot 22-51 (43.1%) from the floor for the game and outrebounded the Spartans 41-24. Mariah Flynn finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, and two assists. Zoe Curtis added 17 points and six boards.
Earlham will hit the hardwood again on Saturday December 16 when the team travels to Cincinnati to face the Mount St. Joseph Lions. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.