RICHMOND, Ind. – Three players in double figures and a 41 percent shooting performance from the field were not enough to lift Earlham College women's basketball past visiting Transylvania University, as the Quakers dropped a 69-58 decision to the Pioneers on Wednesday afternoon at the Druley Performance Gym.
Junior guard Camryn White paced Earlham (4-8, 2-3 HCAC) with 16 points against their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival, and dished out a season-high seven assists to go with four rebounds, two steals, and a block.
Sophomore guard Kayla Bowling was the only other starter in double digits with 10 points, while junior guard Kendall Spears came off the bench for 11 points.
Earlham trailed Transylvania (10-2, 4-1 HCAC) the entire way after giving up a 3-pointer to the Pioneers' Celia Kline on the opening possession, with the Transy lead reaching double figures, 24-14, on Shelby Boyle's layup to open the second half. The first half margin was at its widest at 14 points, 33-19, at the 5:06 mark, with a White layup in the final minute of the second stanza cutting the difference to less than 10 points, 37-28, at the half.
The Quakers made their best run at the Pioneers in the fourth quarter, when a 9-0 Earlham run lasting nearly three-and-a-half minutes brought the Quakers to within five, 63-58, with 2:14 remaining. Bowling scored five of Earlham's points in the surge, with a jumper at the 2:50 mark to cut the margin to eight points, followed by a jumper with an "and-one" to trim the deficit to five.
Earlham was unable to continue the run and make it a one-possession game, and Transy was 6-of-8 at the free-throw line over the final minute to preserve the win.
Kline led Transylvania with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor with five 3-pointers, to go with a game-high seven rebounds. The Pioneers shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55) from the floor versus the Quakers, who turned in their second-best shooting performance of the season at 41.1 percent (23-of-56). Earlham's seven 3-pointers against Transy was also the second-most this season, led by White and Makayla McFarland with two treys apiece.
Earlham continues HCAC play on Saturday, Jan. 5, when it travels to Terre Haute, Ind., to face Rose-Hulman. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
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