RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's basketball team opens the final week of the 2016-17 regular season by hosting Bluffton University for a 7:30 p.m. contest on Wednesday.
The Teams: Earlham and Bluffton. The Quakers are looking to rebound after a 93-71 loss at Hanover College on Saturday. The Beavers stand at 19-4 overall and 13-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) having secured the No. 2 seed for the HCAC Tournament with a 69-57 victory at Anderson University.
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. Chad Shutler, who led Bluffton to the NCAA Division III Tournament for first time in school history last season, is in his 12th season as head coach at Bluffton.
The Players: Senior Hannah Franklin, a member of the 1,000-point club, leads the Quakers in scoring at 11.2 points per game while dishing out over three assists per contest. Freshman Shannon Pittman scores 8.6 points per contest while junior Mariah Flynn, who scored a season-high 22 points at Hanover, averages 7.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Senior Maya Luney leads Earlham in rebounding at 6.2 boards per game. Bluffton features a trio of players who average double figures. Kaycee Rowe (14.5 PPG), Macey Sheerer (14.3 PPG), and Rachel Beining (13.3 PPG) are also the three leading rebounders for the Beavers.
Tale of the Tape: Points per game – Earlham 54.6, Bluffton 68.2; opponents' points per game – Earlham 70.5, Bluffton 55.1; field goal percentage – Earlham 36.0, Bluffton 40.2: three-point percentage – Earlham 28.4, Bluffton 29.4; rebounds per game – Earlham 36.9, Bluffton 41.3.
Triples Record: Lexi McFarland has made 132 three-pointers in her Earlham career. She needs three more triples to pass former teammate Kasin Spay (2012-16) who has the program's career record for triples with 134.
First Time Around: The Beavers defeated the Quakers 88-54 in Bluffton on Dec. 7.
Recent History: The Quakers are 2-11 against the Beavers since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010-11 season. Earlham's last win over Bluffton was a 67-38 victory on Dec. 4, 2013.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contest will be available – visit the link above.
Up Next: Earlham concludes its 2016-17 season hosting Mount St. Joseph University on Saturday. Tip-off from Schuckman Court is scheduled for 1 p.m.