RICHMOND, Ind. – The Manchester University women's basketball team battled back from a double-digit deficit in the third quarter before host Earlham College pulled away over the final 10 minutes of the game in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans fell to the Quakers by a final score of 66-46.
Manchester got off to slow start in Saturday's contest against the Quakers. After scoring the game's first basket in the opening minute, Manchester fell behind early as the Quakers built a 14-point lead in the opening quarter behind a 16-0 run.
Manchester shot 29.4% (7-24) from the floor in the first half. Earlham shot 28.6% (10-35) from the field after two quarters of play. 15 first half turnovers by Manchester led to 17 Quaker points.
The Spartans battled back in the third quarter. Manchester cut Earlham's 12-point halftime advantage to just two points, 36-34, with just over three minutes to play in the third period. MU outscored Earlham 16-10 in the third period and trailed 40-34 heading into the final quarter of play.
Earlham was able to force some key Spartan turnovers in the fourth quarter and built another double-digit lead. For the game, the Spartans turned the ball over 23 times which led to 30 Quaker points.
Manchester shot 16-54 (30%) for the contest. EC shot 23-62 (37%) on Saturday afternoon. Manchester was led in scoring by Haley Farris (Sharpsville, Ind. / Tri-Central), who finished the game with 11 points. Faith-Alexis Graham (Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central) added eight points. Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) chipped in 6 points and 5 rebounds. Bridget Nash (Carmel, Ind. / Bishop Chatard) scored seven points. Eight different Spartans scored in the contest.
Earlham was led by Zoe Curtis' 26 points. Kayla Bowling added 21 points for the Quakers.
The loss on Saturday dropped Manchester to 2-5, 0-2 HCAC. Earlham improved to 3-4, 2-1 HCAC in 2018-19. The Spartans will host Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology next Saturday December 15th in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena at 3 p.m.