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RECAP | Offense Sputters in Loss to League-Leading Rose-Hulman

Photo courtesy of Collin Merkel
Photo courtesy of Collin Merkel

FRANKLIN, Ind. – After four games away from their home floor, the Franklin College women's basketball team stepped onto the Spurlock Center floor on Wednesday (Jan. 10) night for a showdown with conference-leading Rose-Hulman.

The Grizzlies (3-10, 2-5 HCAC) struggled from the floor against the conference-leading Engineers (11-3, 7-0 HCAC), falling behind by double figures in the early going. The Grizzlies would connect on just 28.3 percent (13-for-46) of their field goals on the night in a 74-41 loss, the fifth in a row for the Grizzlies.

Freshman Bayleigh Walker finished with a team-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and Ashlin Aycock matched her career-best with nine points. Amanda McKinney added six points off the bench, setting a new career-high for a Grizzlies team that was missing five regulars on Wednesday night.

"We had our struggles and with so many of our rotation players out it didn't help matters," Head coach Dana Haggenjos said after the game. "We got some good minutes from Ashlin (Aycock) and Amanda (McKinney) off the bench. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get things going on offense today against a really good team that plays well and doesn't beat themselves."

The two sides exchanged a pair of leads in the early going, with Franklin knocking down three of their first four attempts from long range. Walker's second three of the night tied the game at nine at the 6:33 mark of the opening quarter.

But the Grizzlies would struggle on the offensive end after that, allowing Rose-Hulman to close out the opening quarter on a 14-2 and take a 23-11 lead after 10 minutes of play. The second period brought more of the same as Franklin went without a field goal until an Aycock layup with 4:10 to go in the half. The Grizzlies headed into the locker room down 38-19.

That proved to be more than enough cushion as the Engineers' continued to build on their lead before the final horn sounded.

The Grizzlies went 7-for-19 from long range and 8-for-12 from the line on the night. Rebounds were 41-26 in favor of the guests and Rose also won the turnover battle, 21-12, and outscored Franklin in points off turnovers.

The Grizzlies will look to snap their current five-game skid on Saturday (Jan. 13) afternoon when they welcome Earlham College to town. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 4:00 p.m.