EARLHAM WOMEN WIN SEMI-FINAL
December 29, 2013Earlham College Broadcast Sports
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — The Earlham College women's basketball team won its second
straight game on Friday as the Quakers defeated Wittenberg University 57-50 in the
Charles Zimmerman Classic.
A late run was the difference for the Quakers as they put the host Tigers (5-4) away
in the final minutes.
Wittenberg led 44-41 with 3:29 left in the contest. The Quakers answered with 10
points in a row, capped by a pair of free throws from Kasin Spay to make it 51-44
with 1:21 remaining.
The teams traded points the rest of the way as the Quakers shut the door on the
"This was a great win coming off of Christmas break against a very good Wittenberg
team," Earlham Head Coach Melissa Johnson said. "We struggled offensively for most
of the game, but our defense saved us."
The Tigers finished the game with 30 turnovers. "We forced Wittenberg into many
turnovers and let our defense fuel our offense," Johnson added.
The Quakers had three players in double figures led by Spay and Bria Sneed with 14
points each. Sneed now has 958 points in her career as she gets closer to becoming
the 11th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point club.
Raven Bryant-Williams tossed in 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. JaLissa Watt
finished with six points and a team-high five steals. Although Maya Luney had just
four points, she led the Quakers with eight rebounds and three blocks.
After a brief early lead, the Quakers fell behind in the first half and trailed
20-11 at the 5:49 mark.
Earlham closed the gap from that time and a 3-pointer by Lexi McFarland with 19
seconds left in the period put the Quakers on top 23-22 at the break.
In the second half, the Tigers answered to build a 35-27 advantage with 14:29 to go.
The Quakers were able to respond to eventually tie the contest at 39-39 when Sneed
scored with 7:16 remaining to set the stage for their convincing finish.
Earlham (4-5) plays Brescia University at noon on Saturday as the Quakers finish the
Charles Zimmerman Classic at Wittenberg.
"I was extremely pleased with our effort, intensity, and absolute will to win down
the stretch," Johnson said. "Our celebration will be short as we prepare for Brescia
and hope to leave this tournament 2-0."
Brescia (1-9) lost 76-66 to Case Western Reserve University on Friday in the other
Zimmerman Classic women's affair.