Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College women's basketball team seeks to close out January strong when it hosts Manchester University on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m. from the Spurlock Center. The Grizzlies are 5-1 this month and have moved into second place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) standings.
Franklin opens a two-game home stand on Wednesday. The team plays Anderson University on Saturday, February 1 at 3 p.m. The team is 4-1 in home HCAC games and is leading NCAA Division III teams in attendance, averaging 872 fans per home game.
The Grizzlies will look for the season sweep of the Spartans after earning a 69-58 road triumph at Manchester on January 9. Freshman Lauren DeSutter (Pittsboro, Ind./Tri-West) scored 17 points in leading the team to the victory.
Franklin is coming off a 70-62 win at the College of Mount St. Joseph last Saturday. The team had four double-figure scorers in earning its first season sweep of a league opponent this season.
Individually, sophomore Katie Brewer (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) leads the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg). She is coming off a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds at MSJ last Saturday. Brewer leads the HCAC with 42 blocked shots.
DeSutter is averaging 10.7 points per game for the season. She is shooting 40.5 percent from behind the three-point field goal arc, and is making 85 percent of her free throw attempts. The guard leads the team with 65 assists.
Junior Nichole Thompson (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) is also scoring in double figures at 10.4 points per game. Classmate Lindsey Dall (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) rounds out the team's balanced scoring attack at 9.1 points per outing.
Franklin is shooting 44 percent from the floor, including a 36-percent clip from behind the three-point line. Players are making 74 percent of their free throw attempts this winter.
Manchester is 8-9 on the season and is looking to get above the .500 mark in HCAC play, tying for fifth place with a 5-5 league record. The Spartans have lost five of their last six contests. Erynn Meikeljohn leads the team's offensive attack at 11.4 points per game.