EARLHAM WOMEN WIN FIRST HCAC GAME
January 5, 2013Earlham College Broadcast Sports
RICHMOND, Ind. — The Earlham College women's basketball team hit clutch free throws
down the stretch on Saturday as the Quakers posted a 41-39 win over Manchester
University on Schuckman Court in the Athletics and Wellness Center.
With the score tied 34-34 with 4:49 remaining in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference affair, the Quakers didn't need a field goal the rest of the way as they
made 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
"This was a huge victory for us," Earlham Head Coach Melissa Johnson said. "We have
had so many close games this season where we have really battled but came up just
"Going into the game, we knew we had to work for 40 minutes to get a win against a
very good Manchester team," Johnson added. "We won the game on the defensive end
with our intensity and pressure. It was a team effort with multiple players
contributing and perfecting their role."
Bria Sneed led the Quakers with 12 points to go with three steals.
Raven Bryant-Williams tossed in eight points as she grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Karmell Brown contributed six points.
Manchester (5-8, 4-2) held an early advantage. Kasin Spay brought the Quakers closer
when she scored at the 9:59 mark of the first half to make it 13-12.
The well went dry for both teams as neither scored until Sneed hit 1-of-2 free
throws with 5:26 to go in the opening period.
Sneed gave the Quakers their first lead with a 3-pointer at 4:47, which made it
16-13. By intermission, the Spartans led 23-22.
In the second half, the Quakers were able to build a lead of 30-25 with 10:48 left
before the Spartans came back to tie the game at 34-34 to set the stage for
Earlham's pressure free throw shooting.
"I am so proud of each and everyone of these ladies," Johnson said. "We look forward
to getting back at it Wednesday against Bluffton."
The Quakers (2-11, 1-5) visit Bluffton University on Wednesday. The HCAC contest
begins at 7:30 p.m.