RECAP | Walker, Ballard Reach Double Figures Against No. 2 Thomas More on Friday

Photo courtesy of Quinn Fitzgerald
Photo courtesy of Quinn Fitzgerald

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Franklin College women's basketball team tipped off the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament on Friday (Dec. 28) afternoon on the campus of DePauw University. Standing in the Grizzlies' way in the opening contest was the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, the Thomas More Saints.

Sophomore Bayleigh Walker had a team-high 19 points and Britney Ballard added 13 points off the bench for Franklin (2-8), but the Grizzlies couldn't slow down the Saints (16-0) in a 100-54 loss.

The Grizzlies fell behind early on, missing their first seven shots while the Saints opened up an 11-0 lead just 4:12 into the game. Ballard came off the bench to knock down a pair of jumpers and a Walker layup capped a 7-2 run that cut the deficit to 13-7 with 3:40 to go in the opening quarter.

But the rest of the opening period was all Saints, with Thomas More rattling off a 16-4 run to close out the opening period. A long three from Ballard cut the deficit to 29-16 early in the second quarter, but a hot-shooting Thomas More squad headed into the intermission with a 55-24 advantage. The Saints continued to build on their lead before the final horn sounded.

Franklin shot 34 percent (18-for-53) from the field on Friday afternoon, going 2-for-11 from deep and 16-for-21 from the free throw line. A total of 11 different Grizzlies found their way onto the scoresheet on Friday with Ellie Johnson, Erikka Ededuwa and Addie Rund setting new season highs in points. The Grizzly reserves finished the afternoon with 29 points.

Walker and Emiley Carlton tied for the team lead with three rebounds each, as Thomas More finished the game with a 42-24 edge on the glass.

Franklin wraps up their non-conference schedule on Saturday (Dec. 29) afternoon, when they take on the Lions of Finlandia University in the third-place game of the tournament. Tip-off from DePauw's Neal Fieldhouse is set for 2:00 p.m.