ANGOLA, Ind. – After an eight-day layoff, the Franklin College women's basketball team was back in action on Wednesday night, hitting the road for the first time this year to take on No. 9-ranked Trine University.
The Grizzlies (0-2) struggled from the floor against the nationally-ranked Thunder (6-0), connecting on just 21.1 percent (12-for-57) of their field goal attempts on the night in a 58-32 loss. Bayleigh Walker led Franklin with eight points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds on the night.
Franklin hung tight with the Thunder in the early going, keeping the game within two possessions for the entirety of the first quarter. Back-to-back jumpers from Maddie O'Day and Krista Sutherland vaulted the Grizzlies to an 11-10 lead with three minutes to play in the opening quarter. Their lead wouldn't last long as Trine closed out the opening frame with an 8-2 run to take an 18-13 lead after a quarter.
Walker knocked down a three to cut the Trine lead to 20-16 with 8:42 to go in the second quarter, but from that point, the Grizzlies began to struggle from the floor. The Grizzlies would record just one field goal the rest of the half, and headed into the locker room trailing, 27-20.
The Grizzlies' struggles continued in the second half, as Franklin went 4-for-31 from the field over the final 20 minutes. Franklin's defense limited the hosts to just 37.9 percent (11-for-29) in the second half, but the Thunder relied on their defense to carry them to victory.
Ten different Grizzlies recorded at least one point on the night, with Sutherland finishing second on the team with five points. Montana Martin led the Thunder with 17 points as Trine shot 45.3 percent (24-for-53) from the floor on Wednesday night.
Rebounds were 40-37 in favor of Franklin. Walker led all players in total rebounds while Melissa Beer grabbed five boards for the Grizzlies.
After playing a pair of nationally-ranked teams to open the season, the Grizzlies will open up conference play on Saturday (Dec. 2) afternoon when Hanover College comes to town. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 1:00 p.m.