RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's basketball came from 16 points own in the second half to send its seniors off with a 65-63 win over Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ) in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Saturday.
The Lions, who fell to the Quakers 63-58 in Cincinnati on Jan. 14, took an 11-3 lead midway through the first quarter when Krystal Wannemacher hit a three-pointer.
Earlham got within five points on three-pointers from junior Mariah Flynn on consecutive possessions, but MSJ answered with a triple each time.
Training 22-13 after one quarter, Earlham got within a half dozen on a triple from senior Lexi McFarland, but the Lions answered with an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 31-18 lead.
Leading 36-27 at halftime, MSJ opened the third quarter on a 10-3 run capped by a three-pointer from Brooklyn Sturwold with 6:57 to play.
Earlham battled back, however, holding the Lions to just two points over the final seven minutes of the quarter. During that span, the Quakers scored 16 points including six points from Flynn and four from freshman Amy Weisner.
The Quakers trailed by three entering the fourth quarter, and after both teams traded baskets, senior Maya Luney converted the old-fashioned three-point play in transition, tying the game 50-50 with 5:11 to play in regulation.
After two free throws from Studer, McFarland gave Earlham its first lead of the game, 53-52, with the 137th three-pointer of her career. MSJ took the lead back on a jumper from Taylor Brown, but Flynn answered with four consecutive points to give the Quakers a 57-54 lead with 3:04 to play.
Senior Shania Feathers hit a layup to extend the lead to five points, but MSJ answered with consecutive baskets to get within a single point (59-58). Luney had the answer, using a post feed from senior Hannah Franklin to score a basket.
Studer put the Lions within a point at 61-60, but McFarland put the Quakers back up three points with two free throws as MSJ was forced to foul. On the ensuing possession, Studer hit one of two free throws for the Lions. Leading 63-61, Luney put the game away with two free throws.
Flynn led the Quakers with her first double-double of the season (16 points and 11 rebounds). Luney added 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists while Feathers added nine points and a career high 14 rebounds. Franklin tallied eight points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Emily Townsend led all scorers with 19 points while Studer had 18 for the Lions in defeat.
Earlham, which outscored MSJ 39-26 in the second half, held a 48-32 rebounding edge. Both teams made 22 field goals and shot under 40 percent, but the Quakes made 17-20 free throws compared to 14-17 for the Lions.
The Quakers finish their 2016-17 season with a 3-22 overall record including a 3-15 mark in conference play.