Women’s basketball opens HCAC tournament with third seed

By Seth Morin

The women’s basketball team has continued its winning season in the hopes of it not coming to an end soon.

Victories over the past two weeks against Earlham, Rose-Hulman and Defiance solidified the Lady Grizzlies as the number three seed in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) tournament.edit_IMG_5253

The HCAC women’s basketball tournament begins tonight with Franklin taking on Rose-Hulman – a team they’ve defeated twice this season, 41-36 last week and 56-53 earlier in the season.

Last year, the team advanced to the semifinal of the conference championship before losing to Hanover 92-83.

But the road to the tournament was not easy.

Going into the final three games, the Grizzlies had a 9-6 conference record and were 11-10 overall – on the verge of not making the tournament.

With the three wins to close out the regular season, the Grizzlies are feeling great about their chances in the tournament.

“We have had our ups and downs, but, for the most part, we have put on a strong front against all of the teams we have faced,” said sophomore guard Lauren DeSutter, who has started in all 24 games this season, one of only three players to do so.

DeSutter leads the team with an average of 10 points per game and 241 total points scored so far in the season. She also leads the team with 35 steals.

“One area of improvement for our team is being able to push the ball better in transition and being able to get some of those easy baskets,” DeSutter said.

But even the need for improvement in some areas has not affected the team’s mindset.

“Our team has great chemistry on and off the court, which in the end, helps our play,” DeSutter added.

DeSutter said that it has been a great season but does not want it to end. She said she wants to help end the season on a high note for the three seniors – Nichole Thompson, Brittany Elliott and Lindsey Dall.

If Franklin defeats Rose-Hulman yet again, they will advance to play regular season conference runner-up Hanover – a team they beat 69-63 in December but lost to in early February 61-54.

The Grizzlies will take on the Fighting Engineers at 8 p.m. at Transylvania University.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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