HANOVER, Ind. - The Franklin College women's basketball team continued a three-game road trip on Saturday (Jan. 20) afternoon, taking on the Hanover Panthers for the second time this season.
Franklin (4-12, 3-7 HCAC) pulled down a season-high 54 rebounds on Saturday afternoon, which included another season-best with 29 offensive boards. But the Grizzlies were unable to overcome a 25.6 percent (21-for-82) shooting percentage in a 70-56 loss to the Panthers (12-5, 8-2 HCAC).
Ashlin Aycock led the Grizzlies with a career-high 12 points on the afternoon while Lindsay Freije hit double digits for the first time in her career with 10 points. Bayleigh Walker led all players with 16 rebounds on the day.
Franklin recorded just one field goal in the opening five minutes of play, but kept things close with back-to-back buckets from Freije and Kelsey Smith that cut the Hanover lead to 9-7 at the 4:33 mark of the first period. Maddie O'Day would knock down a three at the first quarter buzzer, cutting the Hanover lead to 17-12 after 10 minutes of play.
Hanover opened the second quarter with a 13-0 run to stretch their lead to double figures for the first time on the day at 30-12. The Grizzlies cut the deficit down to 12 at the break when an Aycock layup at the horn made it a 38-26 game as the teams headed into the locker room.
A three from Mallory Cast cut the Hanover lead to 42-31 at the 7:30 mark of the third quarter. But Hanover would respond with an 8-0 run that gave the Panthers enough cushion for the rest of the game.
Hanover had five player finish in double figures with the team connecting on 41.8 percent (28-for-57) of their field goals on the night. The Panthers went 3-for-12 from long range and 11-for-18 from the line.
Franklin held a 54-48 advantage on the glass on the day. In addition to setting a new career-high in points, Aycock also set new personal best with eight rebounds on the day. Second chance points were 24-17 in favor of the Grizzlies and Franklin's bench chipped in with 27 points.
Next up for the Grizzlies is a trip to Anderson, Ind. on Wednesday (Jan. 24) night for a showdown with the Ravens of Anderson University. Franklin will be looking for the season sweep of their rivals after earning a 54-38 win back on Dec. 6 in Franklin. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.