Franklin manhandles Bluffton in 83-46 win over Beavers
December 12, 2009
By: Evan Miller, sports information assistant
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FRANKLIN, Ind. - The Bluffton University women's basketball traveled to Franklin,
Indiana, but the Beavers were unable to snap their three-game losing skid as they
were overpowered by the Grizzlies. The final score was 83-46, giving Bluffton a record
of 3-5 overall and 0-4 in the HCAC, while Franklin improved to 7-1 overall and a perfect
3-0 in Heartland Conference play.
From the beginning of the game, the Beavers found themselves trying to play catch
up. The Grizzlies quickly built a 7-0 lead, capped off with a Kasey Dollens jumper at the 15:49 mark. Bluffton finally cracked the scoring column thanks to a
Kirstie Runion (Cincinnati/Cinc. Christian) layup.
The Grizzlies wasted little time forging a double-digit lead with a Brittney Wilson jumper, making the score 12-2 in favor of Franklin. The Beavers next scored with
14:15 left in the first, as Kim Miller converted a layup and ensuing free throw to make the score 14-5 with the old-fashioned
At the midway point of the first half Kirstie Runion hit two free throws, but the
deficit was still 22-7. An Annie Tarkington three-pointer following a Bluffton turnover pushed the Franklin lead up to 22 (31-9).
Sophomore Beth Yoder (Marshallville/Smithville) responded with a three-pointer from Kim Miller (Delphos/St. John's) with 6:51 to go in the half, making the score 37-18.
The Grizzlies used a 7-0 run late in the period to open a 44-18 lead at the break.
In the first half, Franklin outscored the Beavers in the paint, 14-4, and the Grizzlies
bench outscored Bluffton, 18-0.
Bluffton's struggles continued into the second half, as the Beavers never managed
to trim the Franklin lead below 20 points. Kirstie Runion grabbed a rebound off a
missed Franklin three-pointer and took it in for a layup, scoring the first points
of the half and making it 44-20. Five minutes into the second, Sarah Condra came up with a steal for Franklin and on the other end, Traci Lippold converted a layup from Annie Tarkington to make the score 51-24.
Minutes later, Kim Miller nailed a jumper which cut the margin to 24 points (54-30).
A Heather Harper layup, assisted by Monica Planalp gave Franklin a 63-34 advantage. Ginny Buckingham drilled two free throws after she was fouled at the 8:12 mark, making the score 65-40.
The Beavers' last two points were scored by Jenna Reynolds (Logan) who made a layup following an Alicia Amis (Woodstock/Mechanisburg) steal, but Franklin cruised to an 83-46 win.
In the scoring column, Bluffton was led by Ginny Buckingham and Kirstie Runion who
each bucketed 10 points. Buckingham was one rebound shy of a double-double, getting
nine caroms in the game. Junior Kim Miller dished out a team-high three assists and
scored nine points. Bluffton converted 80.0 percent from the free throw line, hitting
16-of-20 attempts. The Beavers struggled from the field, going 14-of-51 (27.5 percent),
while turning the ball over 23 times, 13 more miscues than Franklin committed.
Franklin was led in scoring by center Heather Harper who dropped in 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Harper also had a team-high
seven rebounds. Traci Lippold handed out seven assists in the win and Sarah Condra
had three blocks.
The Beavers will try to get back on the winning track when they travel to Goshen College
on Saturday, December 19, at 1 p.m.