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Women drop tight contest to Rose-Hulman

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The Franklin College women’s basketball team had three double-figure scorers, but it was not enough in losing 65-61 at Rose-Hulman in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Wednesday night.

Franklin (13-11, 11-6 HCAC) was led by sophomore Katie Brewer with 13 points and six rebounds. Freshman Kayle Comer scored 12 points, and junior Nichole Thompson added 11 points.

Rose-Hulman (9-15, 7-10 HCAC) led 38-31 at the half behind 50 percent shooting from the floor.

Carrie Morris led the team with a game-high 25 points. Abbie Marshall was also in double-figures with 12 points.

The Engineers took a 29-16 lead after a 3-pointer by Kristen Belyea with 6:57 left in the first half. The Grizzlies went on an 8-0 run during the next two minutes to trim the deficit to five points at 29-24.

In the second half, Franklin trailed 46-45 following a 3-point field goal from Comer with 11:35 left. Comer connected on another shot from behind the arc to tie the game at 49-all midway through the period.

Later, Thompson scored on a layup to tie the game at 59-all at the 2:23 mark. Marshall converted a layup for Rose-Hulman on the next possession to regain the lead 61-59. Freshman Lauren DeSutter hit a jumper with 1:47 left to tie the game at 61-all.

However, two made free throws by Belyea and three missed shots by Franklin on its next possession gave Rose-Hulman the ball with 17 seconds left. Leading 63-61, Morris connected on two free throws to secure the victory.

Franklin College closes out the regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday when it travels to Defiance College.

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