RICHMOND, Ind. - Earlham pulls off a convincing win at home to win their second HCAC matchup of the season over the Manchester Spartans 66-46.
Earlham powered through the first quarter, scoring 21 points and holding Manchester to 10. To start the game the Quakers were moving the ball well and taking their time to find the shots they wanted to take, and sinking them. They were 50 percent from each distance on the court. Not only did the Quakers score well, they defended and disrupted Manchester's offense forcing eight turnovers on which they capitalized.
The second quarter Earlham picked up the pace in their style of play which proved detrimental. They were not moving the ball as much, and while they got shots up they did not land them leaving Earlham with only nine points. At halftime the score was 30-18 in favor of the Quakers.
Manchester's halftime adjustments were felt immediately by the Quakers. The Spartans cut the lead to two by rendering Earlham's post players ineffective and driving to the basket to outscore Earlham 16-10. Their turnovers would eventually be their downfall as three straight turnovers gave Earlham the points they needed to re-extend their lead out of Spartan reach.
In the final quarter Earlham closed out their win with strong defense. Manchester could not hold up under the full court press Earlham applied. They shot under 20 percent from field-goal range and made no shots from the perimeter.
The most effective piece of Earlham's game today was their utilization of the post player, something we have not seen from this team this season. Zoe Curtis' stats is a direct reflection of how much she was utilized. She ended the game tallying a team-leading 26 points and six rebounds.
Kayla Bowling once again showed how valuable she is to this team scoring 21 points and earning six rebounds.
Women's basketball travels to Centre Tuesday, December 11 for their next competition. Tipoff is at 6:30pm.