WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Albion College used a 21-2 run to propel the Britons to a 97-64 victory over the Earlham College women's basketball team on the final day of the Smokey Ballenger Classic on Friday.
The Quakers began the game hitting four of their first five shots to take a 9-5 lead. After the teams traded baskets, the Britons got within a point on one of Emily Zgoda's seven three-pointers. A jumper from senior Hannah Franklin and two free throws from freshman Shannon Pittman gave Earlham a 15-12 lead.
Albion (9-3) ended the first quarter with seven consecutive points and opened the second quarter on a 14-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Earlham featured a balanced scoring attack as five players finished with at least eight points. Senior Sylvia Barnes established a new career high with nine points while senior Maya Luney fell one point and one rebound shy of a double-double.
Zgoda led all scorers with 36 points including a perfect 7-7 from three-point range. Oreyana Curry added 24 points for the Britons.
The Quakers finished 22-53 from the field for 41.5 percent, marking the third time Earlham has shot at least 40 percent in a game. Albion made 32 of 65 shots for 49.2 percent including 56.7 percent from distance. Earlham won the rebounding battle 39-35.
Earlham returns to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Wednesday, Jan. 4 against Transylvania University. Tip-off from Schuckman Court is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.