Women’s basketball unable to keep up with Hanover in HCAC loss

Camryn White action photo

HANOVER, Ind. – Earlham College women's basketball suffered a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road loss at the hands of Hanover College, 62-51, on Wednesday evening at Collier Arena.

Junior guard Camryn White matched her season-high with 18 points, four of them from her perfect mark at the free throw line. Junior forward Zoe Curtis scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds for the Quakers.

Sophomore center Rosie Newhart came off the bench to add eight points for Earlham.

Earlham (4-10, 2-5 HCAC) and Hanover traded points back and forth to start the game, but Earlham continuously sent Hanover to the free-throw line giving the Panthers an edge. Earlham had five personal fouls in the first quarter, and Hanover made five of their six free throws.

Earlham scored four straight points to start the second quarter, taking a 15-14 lead on a Newhart layup with 8:39 left in the frame. The Quakers were still in front, 17-16, following a Kayla Bowling layup at the 6:41 mark in the quarter.

Hanover (10-4, 6-1 HCAC) answered with a nine-point run to take a 25-17 lead, before Acacia Tenette's free-throw with 3:38 showing on the clock snapped the Panthers' scoring streak. Hanover extended that lead and went into the halftime break up nine points, 31-22.

Hanover effective put the game out of reach in the third quarter, outscoring Earlham 16-9 over the 10-minute period. The Panthers went 5-of-12 from the floor in the third quarter and were a perfect 6-of-6 at the free-throw line, while Earlham was held to 3-of-9 shooting from the field.

In the final quarter, Earlham picked up its game and locked down on defense in an effort to make a comeback. White carried most of the offensive burden, scoring 10 of Earlham's 20 fourth-quarter points.

Earlham was unable to find its shooting touch from three-point range and finished the game 0-of-9 from beyond the arc – the Quakers' first game without a three-pointer in nearly three years. The Maroon and White won the turnover battle, giving up the ball only 15 times compared to Hanover's 20, and resulting in 22 points-off-turnovers for the Quakers.

Earlham women's basketball will have its second home matchup of the new year on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 1:00 p.m. against Franklin College at the Druley Performance Gym.