BC women finish third in HCAC

February 21, 2000

The Bluffton College women's basketball team wrapped up the regular season in style Saturday afternoon with an impressive victory over HCAC-leader Franklin College in Founders Hall. The win improved BC's HCAC record to 7-5 and assured the Beavers of a home first-round game in the HCAC tournament, which was to have been played Tuesday night.

The semi-finals of the tourney are scheduled for Friday, while the championship tips off on Saturday. #1 seed Wilmington College is the host school for the women's basketball tournament.

The win Saturday marked Bluffton's second win over a top-ranked Franklin College team, as the BC men's team knocked off Franklin 94-92 exactly one month ago, January 19.

Franklin entered Founders Hall as the top ranked team in the HCAC with a 10-1 league mark, but a 67-53 Bluffton victory gave the HCAC title to Wilmington College and a third place finish for the Beavers.

Bluffton junior center Elizabeth Snavely scored 27 points and collected 12 rebounds to lead BC to it's 14 point win.

Franklin led by as many as seven points early in the game, but a 15-2 run by the Beavers to close the first half put BC up 12 going into the locker room at half time. Bluffton did not trail at any time in the second half and scored 11 of the game's final 12 points to seal the victory.

The Bluffton defense held Franklin to just 29% from the floor in the game as BC held high-scoring FC 6-1 center Anne Heile to six points on 2-11 shooting.

Jen Bear added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Kristin Helvey chipped in nine points and dished out four assists. Kristy Crall accounted for seven points and four assists, while Amy Aschemeier netted eight points.

Crall and Aschemeier both hit treys late in the game to stifle a comeback attempt from Franklin. Crall and Helvey scored the final eight BC points of the game, all in the final 2:38 of play.

Mount St. Joseph
Bluffton began the game with a 10-0 run Wednesday night at Mount St. Joseph and went on a similar run late in the game, but the host Lion squad hung on to take a 68-59 Heartland Conference victory in Cincinnati.

MSJ recovered from the Beavers 10-0 start with a 17-2 run of their own and led at half time 30-24. BC led by five points with 9:13 left in the game and tied the score at 50-50 with 4:43 to play, but Mount St. Joseph's Shauna Bemmes scored 13 points in the final four minutes of the game to lift MSJ to the win. Bemmes led all scorers with 22 points.

Kristy Crall led Bluffton with 14 points and eight rebounds and was 2-2 from three-point range. Elizabeth Snavely and Jen Bear each scored 12 points. Amy Aschemeier added eight points and was 2-3 from trey land as BC sank 19 of 23 free throws (83%). The Beavers however, shot 34% from the floor and committed 26 turnovers.