With the regular season winding down, the Franklin College women’s basketball team remained in the hunt for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship with a 78-75 double-overtime win Saturday against visiting Anderson.
The Grizzlies trail HCAC leader Transylvania by one game with two games left.
Franklin kept itself in contention by holding on in the second overtime against the Ravens. The Grizzlies squandered all of a 14-point lead in regulation, but forced overtime on a layup by Jenna Wittenberg with 24 seconds left to forge at 54-54 tie.
Anderson led 64-69 in the first overtime before Franklin senior point guard Annie Tarkington knocked down a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left.
On the subsequent possession, Franklin senior guard Lindsay Rich drew a foul and went to the line for two free throws. She missed the first and, following a timeout, intentionally missed the second.
Rich raced in from the right side, grabbed the offensive rebound and banked it off the glass, sending the game to a second overtime.
“I had never done that before, or even practiced it,” Rich said. “I just knew I had to hit the rim and get the rebound.”
A layup by senior center Jess Prewett put Franklin back on top to start the second overtime, and the Grizzlies led the rest of the way.
With the win, Franklin improved to 13-3 in the conference and 19-4 overall.
Rich, with a team-best 18 points, was one of five Grizzlies players in double-figures.
Prewett and Lindsey Dall each scored 13 points for Franklin. Krista Schott added 12, and sophomore Nichole Thompson, a Greenwood graduate, scored seven of her 11 points in the second overtime.