RECAP | Turnovers Prove Costly as Grizzlies Fall to Earlham

RECAP | Turnovers Prove Costly as Grizzlies Fall to Earlham

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Franklin College women's basketball team looked to get back in the win column on Saturday afternoon, taking on Earlham College in a critical conference showdown.

Down by as many as 13 points in the second half, the Grizzlies (6-14, 5-9 HCAC) stormed back to pull within one score late in the ball game. But the rally fell just short as Earlham (5-16, 5-9 HCAC) closed out the Grizzlies for a 64-58 win, creating a four-way tie for the sixth spot in the conference.

Ashlin Aycock had a team-high 15 points and Erin Bradley chipped in with 10 points for Franklin. But turnovers proved costly as Franklin committed 23 giveaways on the afternoon.

Franklin jumped out to an early 11-6 lead, forcing an Earlham timeout with five minutes to go in the first quarter following a three from Maddie O'Day. But the Grizzly offense dried up over the final five minutes of the quarter, allowing Earlham to close out the period on a 12-2 run to take an 18-13 lead after 10 minutes.

The Quaker lead climbed to nine early in the second quarter, but Franklin would get back within a pair after back-to-back layups from Bayleigh Walker made it 26-24 Quarters with four minutes left in the half. However, the go-ahead basket wouldn't fall for the Grizzlies, and they headed into the locker room at the half down 33-27.

Earlham opened the second half with a 7-0 run to stretch their lead to double figures for the first time. The third quarter proved to be a critical stretch, as Earlham out-scored the Grizzlies 18-11 in the period to take a 51-38 lead into the final quarter of play.

The lead stayed in double figures until the 7:39 mark of the final quarter, when Bradley converted on a three-point play to bring the Grizzlies within 55-47. That sparked the Franklin offense, starting an 11-3 run to bring Franklin within three at 58-55 with 4:38 to play.

After almost three scoreless minutes, Walker buried a deep three to cut the lead to 60-58 with one minute to go. But Earlham answered with a bucket and the Grizzlies' final attempts came up short.

The Grizzlies shot 39.2 percent (20-for-51) from the field on Saturday, going 3-for-9 from three-point range and 15-for-20 from the free throw line. Earlham shot 40.6 percent (26-for-64) from the field, getting 36 of their points in the paint to just 16 for Franklin.

Franklin continues a two-game road swing this coming Wednesday (Feb. 7) night, heading to Terre Haute, Ind. for a showdown with HCAC-leading Rose-Hulman. The Engineers are currently 14-0 in league play and winners of 16 straight games.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.