EARLHAM BASKETBALL ROUND-UP
February 6, 2014Earlham College Broadcast Sports
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Earlham College women's basketball team picked up its second
straight win on Wednesday night as the Quakers moved up one spot in the Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.
With a 63-56 victory over the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the Quakers
(10-10, 6-7) climbed into a tie for sixth place with the Engineers (8-12, 6-7) to
join the frey for the post-season tournament. The top six teams in the standings
qualify for the tourney.
"This was a huge game for us as we enter the home stretch of conference play,"
Earlham Head Coach Melissa Johnson said. "Rose-Hulman was one spot ahead of us in
the standings, so it was crucial for us to get this win."
Wednesday's victory was also the 10th of the year for Earlham, which marks the first
time since the 2002-03 season that the Quakers have reached double digits in wins.
The Quakers began their quest for a victory early in the contest as they held a 7-2
lead after Bria Sneed scored at the 16:13 mark of the opening period.
Earlham was able to widen their margin when Kasin Spay scored to make it 18-10 with
6:06 on the clock.
By the intermission, the Quakers were on top 27-16.
"Our defensive intensity set the tone for us during the first half," Johnson said.
"We were able to keep Rose-Hulman from getting into a good offensive rhythm."
In the second half, the Quakers remained in control as they built a 38-24 lead after
Maya Luney scored with 12:32 left to play.
The Engineers finally got going and put together a seven-point run to close the gap
to 38-31 at 10:04.
After Sneed hit a pair of free throws at 7:06, the Quakers were in front 48-37.
Rose-Hulman rallied to cut the deficit to 57-52 with 1:18 to go, but the Quakers
answered from the free throw line.
Sneed made four in a row, while Raven Bryant-Williams finished the affair with two
more tosses as the Quakers put the game away to earn a split of the season series
with the Enginners. Rose-Hulman won earlier the contest 62-57 in Richmond on Jan. 8.
"We still have improvements we need to make when closing a game," Johnson said. "But
I am extremely proud that once again our players gritted their teeth and found a way
Sneed led the Quakers with 26 points to give her 1,133 in her career as she looks to
reach fifth place on Earlham's all-time scoring list. Tasha Merrill (2005-09) has
Hannah Franklin finished with 11 points, while Spay added 10 points and a team-high
Luney and Bryant-Willams pulled down six rebounds each to lead the Quakers
Earlham returns to action on Saturday as the Quakers entertain Hanover College. The
HCAC contest gets underway on Schuckman Court in the Athletics and Wellness Center
at 2 p.m.
RICHMOND, Ind. — The Earlham College men's basketball team came up short in a battle
with the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference leader on Wednesday night.
The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology defeated Earlham 65-54 on Schuckman Court in
the Athletics and Wellness Center. The Engineers are now 16-4 overall and 11-2 in
Kirk Douglas led the Quakers with 17 points and nine blocks. The nine blocks tied a
school record for a game and that total put him at 66 rejects for the year, which
establishes a new standard for a season. Eric England had nine blocks against
Oberlin College in 1997, while posting his old school record total of 63 during the
Phillip Boone finished the night for the Quakers with 16 points. Alonzo Genelin
added seven points, while Chris Holmes grabbed six rebounds.
Boone got Earlham started on Wednesday as he scored all of the points for the
Quakers as they built a 14-5 advantage by the 16:30 mark of the opening frame.
Others finally got in the act for Earlham as Douglas, Michael Parker and Jack
O'Flaherty all scored as the Quakers worked to a 21-7 lead by 13:11.
Parker followed with a 3-pointer to put Earlham on top 24-7 with 11:06 left to play
in the first half.
The Engineers eventually cut the deficit to two points just before the intermission
as the Quakers were able to go into the locker room up 31-27 at halftime.
In the second half, the Quakers were able to maintain their advantage, but foul
trouble for Parker and Holmes would become a factor as the Engineers started to
Rose-Hulman took the lead for good with 12:28 left to play and the Engineers were
able to keep their distance from the Quakers from that point.
The Quakers (4-16, 3-10) play at home against Hanover College on Saturday. The HCAC
affair is scheduled for 4 p.m.