QUAKERS WIN TWO
January 5, 2013Richmond High School
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.
RICHMOND, Ind. — Big shots and defense proved to be the difference on Saturday for
the Earlham College men's basketball team beat Manchester University 73-67 in
overtime on Schuckman Court in the Athletics and Wellness Center.
"It was good to get off the slide," Earlham Head Coach Marcus Gill said. "We played
hard, but even harder in the second half. We kept believing, executing and making
The Quakers trailed 60-57 with six seconds remaining in regulation after Greg Flores
hit a pair of free throws for Manchester (4-9, 1-5).
After the Spartans called timeout, Vidail Jett brought the ball up the floor and
found Tyler Lewers for a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the contest into an extra
Heading into overtime, Gill had a simple message for his team.
"We've got an opportunity here," Gill said to his squad. "Tyler hit a big shot and
now it's all about defense."
The Earlham defense came though early in the overtime as the Quakers built a 67-62
advantage with 2:13 remaining.
The Spartans closed the gap to 67-65 before Blake Welch nailed a 3-pointer with 35
seconds left to put the Quakers on top 70-65.
Welch followed that moment by hitting 1-of-2 free throws and Dustin Rusk hit a pair
from the free throw line with two seconds left to put the game out of reach for the
Spartans in Control Early
Both teams held early leads before Manchester pulled away in the first half with a
17-12 lead at the 9:41 mark.
Earlham was able to answer to tie the game at 17-17 when Jett hit a 3-pointer with
7:20 to go in the opening period, but the Spartans bounced back to lead 24-20 at
In the second half, both teams held leads as the stage was set for the Quakers to
come away with the victory.
Earlham (2-11, 1-5) entertains Bluffton University on Wednesday. The HCAC affair
gets underway at 7:30 p.m.