FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin women's basketball team used a dominant defensive effort to win their home opener on Wednesday (Nov. 27) night, besting Olivet College 66-46 in the first of five straight at home.
The Grizzlies (2-1) held the Comets (1-4) to just 24.5% (13-for-53) from the field and 27.8% (5-for-18) from behind the three-point line while forcing 21 Comet turnovers on the night.
"It was great for our kids to get out in front of the home crowd tonight and get a win," Head coach Dana Haggenjos said. "We were able to cause problem with our length, quickness and athleticism early and set a tone on the defensive end. Offensively, we found a groove as the game went on and knock down some high-percentage looks. Overall, a great start to a lengthy homestand."
Buckets were tough to come by for both teams early, but Franklin was able to jump out to an early lead thanks to their prowess at the free throw line. The Grizzlies rattled off a 9-0 run with seven points coming from the charity stripe as they led 9-3 with four minutes to go in the period. Through 10 minutes of play, Franklin held a 15-7 lead after limiting the Comets to just two first quarter field goals and two free throws.
Franklin's offense started to click in the second quarter, with the hosts going 9-for-18 from the field in the period to bust the game open. The Grizzlies' defense held up, limiting the Comets to under 25% from the field in the opening half to take a 37-21 lead into the break.
A dominant third quarter put the game away, with the Grizzlies out-scoring the Comets 22-9 in the period to extend their lead to 59-30. The final period saw everyone get into the game as Franklin would take their largest lead of the night at 61-30 early in the period.
The Grizzlies shot 34.7% (26-for-75) from the floor, going 4-for-12 from three and 10-for-17 from the line. Britney Ballard had a game-high 13 points on a trio of three-pointers. Bayleigh Walker, Jessica Nix and Cassidy Yant had eight points each with Yant matching a career-high in scoring.
Rebounds were 51-43 in Franklin's favor with Nix and Destinee Cross tying for the team lead with seven boards each. Jenna Cowart, Nix and Walker had three assists each while Taylor McDaniel led all players with four steals.
The Grizzlies will be off for a week before opening up conference play next Wednesday (Dec. 4), when they welcome the Hanover Panthers to the Spurlock Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.