Women's hoops upended by #22 Transylvania

Kayla Bowling

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Home court advantage propelled #22 Transylvania past Earlham College women's basketball, 81-52, on Thursday night at Don Lane Court.

Earlham was first on the scoreboard, but Transylvania answered in a big way with a 19-0 run, putting the Quakers in a deficit early. Sophomore guard Kayla Bowling snapped that streak with a step back three to try to bring life back to Earlham. The strength of Transylvania's defense made it difficult for Earlham's offense to get to the level of production they are used to. 

Throughout all four quarters, Transylvania's defensive efforts was highlighted by how they were able to contain key Earlham athletes. Junior forward Zoe Curtis, who has averaged 12.5 ppg this season, was well guarded by Transy's Shelby Boyle, who held Curtis to two points earned off of free-throws.

Bowling was the star of the show for the Quakers, and was instrumental in trying to put the team back in a position to compete by attacking the rim lethally. She accounted for 27 of Earlham's 52 points, shooting 11-of-22 from field goal range and 3-of-7 behind the three-point arc. Bowling's performance was career-defining. Although she has been a staple in Earlham's offense this season, 27 points is a career-high for her.

Junior Camryn White once again showcased her talent on both sides of the ball. White tallied nine rebounds and 14 points on the day, one rebound away from a double-double.

Earlham returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, when it travels to Franklin College for a 4:00 p.m. contest.