EC BASKETBALL ROUND-UP
February 13, 2014Earlham College Broadcast Sports
RICHMOND, Ind. — The Earlham College women's basketball team began Wednesday night
in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
After beating Defiance College 83-49 on Schuckman Court in the Athletics and
Wellness Center, the Quakers now stand alone in sixth as they hold the final
post-season spot in the HCAC Tournament with three games remaining in the regular
"I am unbelievably proud of this team," Earlham Head Coach Melissa Johnson said.
"Going in, we knew how important this game was."
"We had a phenominal crowd that gave us great energy and helped us get out to a fast
start," Johnson continued. "Every player that stepped on the court helped us win
Earlham is now 11-11 overall with a 7-8 mark in the conference. Defiance and the
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, which also lost on Wednesday, fell out of the
tie for sixth with the Quakers and into seventh place.
The Yellow Jackets (9-13, 6-9) scored the first basket of the contest, but other
than three early ties they never challenged the Quakers.
Earlham took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Bria Sneed with 17:01 left in the
opening period. Defiance cut the deficit to 16-12 by the 11:31 mark, but the game
wouldn't be that close again.
Hot shooting and a barrage of 3-pointers put the Quakers up 47-26 by halftime and
they never looked back.
The Quakers were 20-of-28 (71.4 percent) from the floor in the first half as they
nailed 6-of-8 attempts behind the 3-point line.
For the game, Earlham was 34-of-55 for 61.8 percent. They did cool off behind the
3-point arc finishing 7-of-13 for 53.8 percent.
Sneed led the Quakers with 23 points to give her 1,169 in her career. She trails
Tasha Merrill (2005-09) for fifth place on Earlham's all-time scoring list. Merrill
has 1,201 points.
Kasin Spay tossed in 14 points, while Lexi McFarland finished with 11 points.
Raven Bryant-Williams led the Quakers with 10 rebounds. Hannah Franklin handed out
10 assists, which was three more than the entire Defiance squad had for the contest.
The Quakers continue their quest to make post-season play for the first time since
2008 on Saturday as they face Franklin College at home on Senior Day beginning at 1
DEFIANCE, Ohio — The Earlham College men's basketball team fell 56-41 to Defiance
College on Wednesday night.
Jack O'Flaherty led the Quakers with 15 points in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference affair with the Yellow Jackets (17-5, 12-3), who are second in the league
Phillip Boone finished with nine points, while Chris Holmes added six points and
Kirk Douglas had four blocks to extend his school record for a season to 71 rejects.
Michael Parker topped the Quakers with six rebounds.
Earlham started the contest with a 9-4 advantage after O'Flaherty hit a pair of free
throws at the 14:33 mark of the opening period.
Defiance responded with a 9-0 run to go on top 13-9 at 11:59.
The Yellow Jackets extended their margin to 26-15 before the Quakers bounced back
with five straight points capped by a 3-pointer from O'Flaherty with 2:19 to go. By
intermission, Defiance led 30-20.
In the second half, O'Flaherty began the frame for the Quakers with a 3-pointer to
close the gap 30-23 at 19:05.
From that point, the Yellow Jackets worked their way to a double-digit advantage as
they held off the Quakers.
The Quakers (4-18, 3-12) entertain Franklin College on Saturday. The HCAC game on
Schuckman Court in the Athletics and Wellness Center starts at 3 p.m.