TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Franklin College women's basketball team faced a stiff test on Wednesday (Feb. 7) night, heading west to take on conference-leading Rose-Hulman for the second time in the regular season.
The Grizzlies (6-15, 5-10 HCAC) ran into a buzzsaw on Wednesday night in the form of a Rose-Hulman (19-3, 15-0 HCAC) offense that shot 56.7 percent (34-for-60) from the field. That performance was more than enough to keep the hosts perfect in conference play with a 77-39 win, sending the Grizzlies to their third straight defeat.
Sophomore Ashlin Aycock led the Grizzlies with 12 points, but the Grizzlies struggled from the floor, shooting 29.3 percent (12-for-41) overall.
The Engineers opened the game by knocking down their first nine field goals to take a 19-6 lead with 3:26 to go in the opening period. Rose would shoot 12-for-16 from the field in the opening period and led 26-10 after 10 minutes of play.
The Grizzlies had their best shooting period of the night in the second quarter, going 4-for-9 from the field and 2-for-4 from long range. But seven second quarter turnovers hindered the Grizzlies from getting any closer, and Franklin went into the half trailing 39-24.
A 12-2 Rose-Hulman run to open the second half extended the hosts' lead, which would provide enough cushion for the Engineers and put the game out of reach.
Seven different Grizzlies recorded points on Wednesday night. Kelsey Smith and Erin Bradley finished behind Aycock for tops on the team with eight and six points, respectively. Smith led the Grizzlies with five rebounds while Bradley's three steals was most on the team.
The Grizzlies will look to get back in the win column on Saturday (Feb. 10) afternoon, when they return to action at home against Mount St. Joseph in the first of two straight home contests. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 1:00 p.m.