RECAP | Defense Sets Program Record for Fewest Points Allowed, Grizzlies Roll to Season-Opening Win

Photo courtesy of Quinn Fitzgerald
Photo courtesy of Quinn Fitzgerald

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women's basketball team put on a defensive clinic in their season-opener on Sunday afternoon, setting a new single-game record for fewest points allowed in a 92-16 win over Mount Mary University.

The Grizzlies (1-0) opened the game with a 13-0 run and turned up the pressure defensively, holding the Blue Angels (1-1) to just five field goals on the afternoon. Four different Grizzlies recorded double-digit point totals in an opener that saw every member of the Grizzly roster contribute to the win.

"Today was a good building block for us," Head coach Dana Haggenjos said after the game. "We can take a look at what we need to improve on for next weekend and it was a chance for our young roster to get minutes and experience at the college level. We wanted to give a lot of our freshmen an extended look and keep them in the game. It was a solid way to start the season and any time you can start 1-0, it's better than the alternative."

Franklin started the game with a run that put them in front for good. Mallory Cast drilled a pair of threes during the run with Karlee Welding, Bayleigh Walker and Destinee Cross chipping in with buckets of their own. Franklin held the Blue Angels without a point over the final 5:55 of the quarter to take a 28-3 lead after one period.

The Grizzlies shot over 60 percent in every quarter, recording the most points in a game since scoring 98 against Earlham back on Feb. 15, 2014. The Grizzlies finished the afternoon connecting on 66.7 percent (42-for-63) of their attempts going 6-for-11 from behind the three-point line.

Freshman Karlee Welding led the Grizzlies in scoring in her collegiate debut, going 8-for-9 from the floor for 18 points while adding a team-high five assists. Lillie Stein had 14 points off the bench while logging a team-high 22 minutes. Walker and Jessica Nix added 10 points each for Franklin.

Rebounds were 35-20 in favor of the Grizzlies with Stein, Cross and Emiley Carlton grabbing five boards each to lead the team. Ashlin Aycock had a team-high four steals while Nix added a pair of blocked shots.

Turnovers was where the Grizzlies dominated the game, forcing 35 Blue Angel giveaways that turned into 48 points. 64 of the Grizzlies' 92 points came in the paint and FC racked up 25 points on the fast break.

Franklin hits the road for the next five contests. First up is a trip to Wooster, Ohio this coming Saturday (Nov. 17) for a meeting with Carnegie Mellon on the first day of the 2018 Nan Nichols Classic, hosted by Wooster College. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.