Furious Fourth Quarter Comeback Fuels Women's Basketball Victory On Senior Day
FRANKLIN, Ind. (February 18, 2017) - The Franklin College women's basketball team overcame a 15 point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Anderson University by a final score of 57-55 on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing by 15 points with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies went to work. Seniors Emily Alfrey and Amber May came up big down the stretch, making key jump shots and securing crucial defensive rebounds. Juniors Riley Achenbach and Kelsey Smith combined to nail a trio of three point field goals to cut into the deficit. Alfrey converted two clutch layups on back-to-back possessions just inside the five minute mark to cut the Raven's lead to five points. May also converted clutch baskets, including the go ahead layup with two minutes left to give the Grizzlies a 55-54 lead. After Anderson split a pair of free throws, the game was tied 55-55. With just 10 seconds remaining, senior guard Mandy Fisher was able to draw a shooting foul. Fisher stepped to the line and knocked down both free throws to give the Grizzlies a 57-55 lead they would not relinquish. On the final possession of the game, May was able to heavily contest the final shot and secured the defensive rebound as the clock expired.
Smith led the way for Franklin, totaling 14 points, including the two clutch three pointers in the fourth quarter. May finished the game with nine points off the bench and brought down four rebounds. Achenbach finished with seven points while Alfrey and Fisher both finished with six points.
Anderson was led by Olivia Love, who came off the bench to score a game high 18 points and grab seven rebounds. Kaycee Strunk also poured in 17 points for the Ravens.
Up next for the Lady Grizzlies is the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament (HCAC). As a result from HCAC games on Saturday, the team secured the fifth seed and will open tournament play at Hanover College on Tuesday night. The team split the season series with the Panthers, losing at Hanover 67-48 on January 18 and recording a home victory in a 70-63 overtime thriller on February 8. Tip-off on Tuesday night is scheduled for 7:30 PM from Hanover College.