LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Franklin College women's basketball team opened up a three-game road trip on Wednesday (Jan. 17) night, taking on Transylvania University in the first of two meetings between the two conference rivals.
Franklin (4-11, 3-6 HCAC) had eight different players record a bucket on Wednesday night, with Ashlin Aycock's nine points off the bench leading all players. But the Grizzlies were done in by a big third quarter from the Pioneers (12-4, 7-2 HCAC) in a 70-49 loss.
The Grizzlies fell into an early seven-point hole, but turned to their bench to erase the early deficit. Aycock and Lindsay Freije combined to score seven straight points to draw the Grizzlies even at 11 late in the first quarter, but a Pioneer bucket right before the end of the period gave the hosts a 13-11 lead after 10 minutes.
Back-to-back layups from Erin Bradley pulled the Grizzlies within a point at 20-19 with 4:35 to go in the half. The Pioneers would follow that up with an 11-2 run that gave them their first double figure lead of the night. When the horn sounded for the end of the half, the Pioneers held a 33-27 advantage.
Franklin opened the second half with a basket on their first possession, but would be held scoreless for the next four-plus minutes while the Pioneers re-claimed a double-digit lead. The third quarter proved to be the Grizzlies' undoing as Transylvania out-scored Franklin 23-8 in the period to take a 56-35 lead.
The Grizzlies closed out the game with an 8-0 run, but the disastrous third quarter proved to be too much to overcome.
Franklin shot just 29.7 percent (19-for-64) from the field on Wednesday night, going 4-for-17 from long range and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. At the other end of the floor, the Pioneers connected on 50 percent (24-for-48) of their attempts, knocking down 7-of-22 threes and 15-of-22 free throws.
Mallory Cast had a team-high and personal best nine rebounds on the night. Transylvania finished the night with a 37-32 advantage on the glass while Franklin won the turnover battle, 22-17.
Next up for the Grizzlies is a trip to Hanover, Ind. on Saturday (Jan. 20) afternoon for a rematch with the Hanover Panthers. The two teams met back on Dec. 2, a 66-59 Hanover win in the Spurlock Center. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m.