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Franklin women subdue Earlham

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The Franklin College women’s basketball team had three players set career-highs in a 98-76 win Saturday at Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference against rival Earlham.

Franklin (13-10, 11-5 HCAC) shot a single-game conference record 70.2 percent from the floor, making 40 of 57 shots. The Grizzlies also made 16 of 17 free-throw attempts (94.1 percent).

The hot shooting contributed to a season-high 98 points.

Junior forward Lindsey Dall led the attack with a career-high 27 points. She made 11 field goals and had three steals.

Teammate Nichole Thompson scored a career-high with 22 points off the bench. She was 9 of 12 from the field and made all four of her free-throw attempts.

Sophomore Katie Brewer had a strong all-around game with 10 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and seven assists.

Franklin’s frontcourt players combined for 59 points on 25 of 32 shooting (78.1 percent).

Freshman guard Mandy Fisher matched her career-high with 17 points. She also added five assists.

The Grizzlies used a 10-1 run to build a 32-22 advantage with 3:56 left in the first half. They led 44-31 at halftime after holding Earlham to four field goals over the final 7:04 of the period.

In the second half, Franklin stretched the lead to 18 points, 65-47, after a layup by freshman Kayle Comer at the 13:17 mark.

Earlham (11-12, 7-9 HCAC) trimmed the deficit to 65-55 after a three-pointer by Bria Sneed with 11:47 remaining. Sneed scored a team-high 22 points.

Franklin had an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to take an 81-62 lead after a layup from Fisher. The margin increased to 20 points, and the Quakers never threatened the rest of the way.

Freshman Lauren DeSutter rounded out the team’s five double-figure scorers with 13 points. Fellow freshman Hanna Ballard added seven points off the bench.

Franklin continues its three-game road swing in Wednesday’s regular-season finale at Rose-Hulman.

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