Lexington, Ky. - The Franklin College women's basketball team had five double-figure scorers in Wednesday's 91-83 road victory over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference-leading (HCAC) Transylvania University. The win snapped the Pioneers' 13-game winning streak and brought the Grizzlies within one-game of first place in the conference standings at 7-2.
Franklin (9-7, 7-2 HCAC) used a strong defensive effort early in the second half to hold Transylvania to 13 points over 10 minutes. The Grizzlies trailed 27-18 after a three-point field goal by Transylvania's Hannah Neeley with 10 minutes left in the first half.
"We came out in the second half and held them in check offensively. We executed the game plan and knew that the game would come down to rebounding (Franklin 38-33 advantage)," said Head Women's Basketball Coach Jennifer Temple.
The visitors went on an 11-1 run over the next two minutes to take a 29-28 lead. A basket by freshman Lauren DeSutter (Pittsboro, Ind./Tri-West) gave the Grizzlies their first lead of the game. Transylvania (14-2, 8-1 HCAC) had led by nine points on four occasions earlier in the period. Franklin led 46-44 at halftime.
In the second half, Franklin took a 58-52 lead after a pair of free throws from DeSutter at the 15:05 mark. The lead grew to 69-57 with 11:46 left following a three pointer by freshman Kayle Comer (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg). Comer scored a career-high 20 points and made four three-point field goals.
Junior Nichole Thompson (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) capped a 16-5 spurt with a layup to give Franklin a 74-57 advantage with 8:25 remaining.
Transylvania would attempt a comeback, but could only get as close as six points in the final minutes. The Grizzlies made 28-of-33 free throws in the contest (84.8 percent), including a perfect 10-for-10 effort by DeSutter.
Comer led the team with 20 points, while DeSutter added 17 points. Thompson scored 16 points and made seven of her eight field goal attempts. Sophomore Katie Brewer (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) had 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds off the bench. Freshman Hanna Ballard (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North) scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
"Kayle and Lauren did a good job offensively," stated Temple. "They were hitting shots and it was giving them confidence."
Comer added: "We started out a little slow, but we started to get the game to our style. Everybody did their job and role. The biggest key was our defense in the second half."
Franklin shot 53.8 percent in scoring a season-high 91 points.
The Grizzlies return to action on Saturday, January 25 at 1 p.m. when they travel to the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. Live statistics of the game will be available here.