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RECAP | Nationally-Ranked Pioneers End Grizzlies' Winning Streak at Three

Photo: Angie & Tony Palmer
Photo: Angie & Tony Palmer

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Franklin women's basketball team continued a five-game road trip on Wednesday (Jan. 8) night, taking on the #15-ranked Transylvania Pioneers in search of their fourth straight win.

Freshman Jenna Cowart led the Grizzlies (7-4, 3-2 HCAC) with 11 points and seven rebounds, but buckets were tough to come by for the guests as the Pioneers (11-1, 5-0 HCAC) claimed an 84-50 victory to snap the winning streak.

The teams traded buckets in the early going before the Pioneers put some distance between the two sides with a 10-2 run that made it 15-8 with 3:19 to go in the first quarter. After 10 minutes of play, the Pioneers held a 21-13 lead.

The second quarter proved a struggle for the Grizzlies, as they managed just three field goals on 13 shots. At the other end of the floor, the Pioneers went 9-for-16 from the floor and out-scored the Grizzlies 25-7 in the quarter to stretch their lead to 46-20 at the break. 

Franklin put together their most efficient quarter offensively in the third, knocking down 8-of-16 shots and a quartet of three-pointers. But the offensive struggles returned in the fourth as the Grizzlies connected on three field goals before the final horn sounded.

Bayleigh Walker finished behind Cowart on the score sheet with nine points while Ashlin Aycock had eight on the night. Franklin shot 28.8% (19-for-66) from the field while the Pioneers connected on 45.5% of their shots.

The always aggressive Franklin defense forced 26 Pioneer turnovers on the night with Cowart and Jessica Nix finishing with four steals each.

The Grizzlies will aim to rebound on Saturday (Jan. 11) afternoon, when they wrap up their road trip against conference foe Anderson University. The opening tip from OC Lewis Gymnasium is set for 1:00 p.m.