Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College women's basketball relied on a stingy defensive effort to record a 51-31 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play on Wednesday in the Spurlock Center.
Franklin (8-6, 6-1 HCAC) won its sixth straight game and has won all four home conference games.
The Grizzlies held Rose-Hulman to just seven points in the second half. For the game, the visitors shot 33 percent and committed 25 turnovers. The 31 points are the fewest allowed by Franklin since holding Rose-Hulman to 32 points in last season's home contest.
Franklin took an early 9-2 lead after a pair of free throws by freshman Lauren DeSutter (Pittsboro, Ind./Tri-West) at the 15:35 mark. The lead grew to 26-17 with 4:35 left in the first half following a layup from DeSutter.
Rose-Hulman (6-8, 4-3 HCAC) trimmed the deficit to 27-24 after consecutive layups from Sheree Williams in the final minute. The hosts led by that score at halftime and scored 16 points off of Rose-Hulman's 15 turnovers in the half.
In the second half, the Fightin' Engineers trailed 31-29 after a free throw by Gracie Gibbs with 14:01 remaining.
Franklin freshman Kayle Comer (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and junior Nichole Thompson (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) made both of their free throw attempts to give the team a 35-29 advantage at the 12:48 mark.
The Grizzlies held the visitors without a field goal for the remaining 10:05 of the contest.
Thompson led the team with 15 points behind 7-of-7 shooting from the free throw line. Junior Lindsey Dall (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) added 14 points. Freshman Amber May (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) had a team-high eight rebounds.
Franklin returns to action on Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m. when it hosts Defiance College on Alumni Day. Live video and statistics of the game will be available here. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinCollegeAthletics).