Franklin College women's team tops Benedictine on hardwood

It had been 11 days since its last game, so Franklin College women’s basketball coach Jennifer Lodge couldn’t help but wonder what kind of production she’d get out of her team Saturday night.

She didn’t have to wait long.

The Grizzlies came out strong against Benedictine University of Illinois with some very accurate shooting en route to a 54-45 victory.

Sophomore guard Katie Dale, a graduate of Roncalli High School, came off the bench and hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Grizzlies up 23-8 with seven minutes left in the half.

While their opponents had a size advantage, Franklin was quicker and able to score in transition.

The Grizzlies’ superior ball-movement kept their turnovers low in the first half, and with their scoring spread around, the two teams went to the break with Franklin holding a 27-16 lead.

In an effort to get the team ready for the game, Lodge emphasized getting back to basics.

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