Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College women's basketball team hit 11 three-point field goals, held a rebounding edge and shot 53 percent from the floor to record a convincing 75-53 win over Bluffton University on Saturday in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action from the Spurlock Center.
Franklin (12-9, 10-4 HCAC) opened the game on a 12-2 run and never looked back. Freshman Lexi Ingram (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) scored seven of her nine points during the early stretch.
Bluffton (11-10, 7-7 HCAC) got within three points, 14-11, following a three-point field goal by Gwen Downing with 12:50 left in the first half.
Franklin turned to its defense and used a 15-2 run over the next five minutes to hold a 29-13 lead. A layup by junior Nichole Thompson (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) gave the hosts a 49-24 halftime advantage.
The Grizzlies shot 60 percent in the first half and made 8-of-11 three-point field goal attempts. Freshman Lauren DeSutter (Pittsboro, Ind./Tri-West) led the outside shooting attack by hitting all four of her attempts during the first half. She finished with a game-high 20 points and made 6-of-6 shots from behind the arc.
Freshman Mandy Fisher (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) scored 10 points and had a game-high six assists. The team recorded an assist on 22 of its 27 made field goals.
Sophomore Katie Brewer (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) and freshman Kayle Comer (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) each had eight points. Brewer added to her HCAC-leading block total with three more rejections in the victory.
All 10 Franklin players scored and saw at least 14 minutes of game action in the victory.
Franklin's defense forced 26 turnovers and had 18 steals, led by freshman Hanna Ballard (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North) with four steals.
Bluffton's Brooke Ruffer led the team with 19 points. The Beaver was limited to 2-of-15 shooting from behind the three-point line.
Franklin stands in third place in the HCAC and is one win behind Hanover College in the race for second place and a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
The Grizzlies return to action on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts league-leading Transylvania University. Senior Krista Schott (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) will be honored pregame on Senior Day.
The women's basketball program is also partnering with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Breast Cancer Awareness game. Pink t-shirts will be available for purchase for $10 in the lobby of the Spurlock Center. Proceeds go towards breast cancer research and the fight against cancer.