RICHMOND, Ind. - The Earlham College women's basketball team fell just short against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference-foe Hanover College on Wednesday night in the Athletics and Wellness Center. The Quakers fell by a final score of 86-75.
The entire game was a close and up-and-down affair with both teams looking for scoring opportunities in transition. Earlham jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the game. Hanover settled the pace and shot 55% in the first quarter to take a 24-20 lead over EC through 10 minutes of action.
Earlham made 8 of 14 field goal attempts in the second quarter and outscored the Panthers 23-20. Earlham trailed by just a point, 44-43 at halftime.
The Panthers used a big third quarter to distance themselves from the Quakers. Hanover converted 9 of 16 field goal attempts in the third quarter and limited EC to 11 points. Heading into the final period of play, Hanover led 68-54.
Earlham showed great determination in the final period, chipping away at the Hanover lead. EC cut Hanover's advantage down to 10 points at the 3:30 mark following a layup by Zoe Curtis. EC got within nine points after a triple by Kyndall Spears with 1:40 left in the ballgame.
Earlham was led by Curtis' 21 points. Spears also finished in double figures with 16 points. She also dished out seven assists. Amy Weisner and Rosie Newhart each scored nine points off the bench. For the game, Earlham shot 29-64 (45.3%) from the field. The Quakers made 6 of 17 three-point field goal attempts and pressured the Panthers into 18 turnovers.
Earlham will return to action on Saurday December 13 at 4 p.m at Franklin College.