Mountaineers Fall In National Championship Game to Daemen College 78-75

Mountaineers Fall In National Championship Game to Daemen College 78-75

The Berea College Women's Basketball team had to overcome challenges all season long.  Today in the USCAA Division I Women's National Championship game, they would have to overcome the talent, size, and depth of Daemen College Wildcats to earn their 18th victory of the season.  It was not to be, as the Mountaineers challenged but could never over-take the Wildcats as Daemen (14-15), the tournament's #5 seed, captured the 2015 USCAA Division I National Championship.

The Wildcats scored off the opening tip setting off a 7-0 opening offensive assault, before BC's Alexus Calhoun would take a dish from Johnesha Warren and convert a layup.  The Wildcats would make that lead last the entire game fending off each of the Mountaineers' runs.

Down by as many as 15 with a little more than five minutes remaining, the Mountaineers would come storming back behind a Warren 3-pointer and Adriana Williams layup.  Williams drained a big jump shot with 0:04 on the clock to cut the lead to six going into halftime.  The Wildcats had dominated the first half defensively.  Limiting the offensive production of all of the Mountaineers except for Warren. 

Berea would open up the second half with Warren taking another bite out of the lead with a long 3-pointer.  The Wildcats would answer right back with back to back baskets.  This would be the theme of the second half.  BC would cut into the lead only to see the Wildcats score and move the a tie or lead change out of reach.

Daemen would move the lead back out to 15 points with 6:52 remaining, but Warren would answer for the Mountaineers with another long range bomb.  Berea would go into foul mode to put the Wildcats at the line and hope for some misses.  The misses came and the Mountaineers would get a 3-pointer from Zacchea Small with :49 left on the clock to cut the lead to four.

Daemen would miss one of two free-throws with :12 seconds left and Warren would drive the lane for layup to cut the lead to three points.  The Daemen in-bounds play missed its mark with the ball going out of bounds and giving Berea the ball back.  Warren would get the ball at the top of key, drive the left side of the lane for a shot that would not fall.  The Wildcats would grab the rebound and begin their championship celebration.

The Mountaineers will finish the season 17-10, with the senior Warren leading all scores with 33 points and grabbing a team high four steals.  The 33 points was two off the USCAA National Championship record for points in a game and gave her 72 for the championship.  Jaime Roberts finished off a great tournament scoring in double-figures for the third straight game with 11 points.  Anna Loveless would corral a team high 11 rebounds, while BC's other senior Katelyn Butler would end her career contributing eight points having played all three tournament games with a broken hand.