Women’s Basketball Team Brings Momentum to Semifinal

Women’s Basketball Team Brings Momentum to Semifinal

FRANKLIN, Ind. (Feb. 23, 2017) – Coming off a thrilling first-round road win, the Franklin College women's basketball team continues its bid for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship in Friday night's semifinal at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

On Tuesday, the fifth-seeded Grizzlies traveled to Hanover and upended the No. 4 seed Panthers, 65-64.

Franklin will try to continue its winning ways on the road, this time at top-seeded Rose-Hulman.

Winners of two straight, the Grizzlies are 14-11 overall and 11-7 in the HCAC. They are looking for their first win of the season against the Engineers, who held on for a pair of narrow wins during the regular season.

Rose-Hulman edged the Grizzlies 54-48 on Dec. 7, and triumphed 56-45 on Feb. 1.

Balance has been the Grizzlies' chief strength all season. Senior forward Sarah Taylor averages 7.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Senior forward Emily Alfrey averages 7.2 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 4.4 per game. And senior guard Mandy Fisher averages 6.9 ppg and 3.2 rpg.

In addition, junior guard Kelsey Smith averages 5.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg, and junior guard Riley Achenbach averages 5.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg assists per game for the Grizzlies.

Rose-Hulman, meanwhile, is 22-3 overall and 17-1 in the HCAC. The Engineers, who are on a 12-game winning streak, are led by sophomore Ally Bromenschenkel. She has team-high averages of 12.9 and 6.6 rebounds per game. Senior Josie Schmidt averages 8.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg, and sophomore Abby Bromenschenkel averages 7.5 ppg.

Tip-off is 6 p.m. at tournament-host Rose-Hulman. No. 2 seed Bluffton plays No. 3 Transylvania at 8 p.m. The winners advance to Saturday's 5 p.m. championship final.