FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women's basketball team stepped out of conference play on Tuesday (Dec. 19) night, welcoming the Wittenberg University Tigers to the Spurlock Center for a non-conference showdown.
For the second straight game, the Grizzlies (2-5) struggled to knock down shots, connecting on just 28.6 percent (18-for-63) of their field goals on the night. Wittenberg would pull away from the Grizzlies in the second half, leaving the Spurlock Center with a 64-47 win.
Freshman Bayleigh Walker recorded her third consecutive game in double digits, recording a team-high 16 points for Franklin.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back thanks to an 0-for-12 Franklin stretch to start the game. But the Grizzly defense kept the team within striking distance, as Wittenberg held a 14-6 lead after a quarter of play.
Franklin would keep chipping away at the lead, getting within four at 19-15 after an Erin Bradley layup with 6:42 to go in the half. But the Grizzlies couldn't close the gap any closer as Wittenberg closed out the first half with an 11-4 run to take a 30-19 lead into the break.
The Grizzlies' most successful quarter on offense came in the third period, where Franklin knocked down 7-of-15 field goal attempts. But the Grizzlies couldn't cut into the Tigers' lead, and headed into the fourth quarter trailing, 52-36. Wittenberg's lead would balloon to as many as 26 in the fourth quarter.
Wittenberg got a game-high 18 points from Delaney Williams, as the Tigers knocked down 41.1 percent (23-for-56) of their field goals on the night. Rebounds were 42-41 in favor of the Grizzlies. Krista Sutherland led the Grizzlies with seven boards, and she was followed closely by Bradley's six rebounds.
The Tigers held a 16-14 advantage in the turnover battle and a 22-11 edge in points off turnovers. Both teams finished with 28 points in the paint.
Franklin wraps up their three-game homestand on Thursday (Dec. 21) night, when they welcome Albion College to the Spurlock Center in the team's final game before the holiday break. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.