Berea, KY - The Berea women's basketball team took the court today taking on the Trojans of Taylor University. The Mountaineers fell short losing to the Trojans at home by a score of 70-53. This loss brings the Mountaineer's record to 2-4.
In the first quarter Berea put pressure on the ball early and forced several early turnovers that lead to a 9-3 lead with 6:18 left in the quarter. Bethanie Williams hit a jump shot with 2:45 left in the quarter to put the Mountaineers up 17-10. A free throw would be the last points for the Mountaineers in the first quarter as they went into the second quarter with a 18-13 lead over the Trojans.
The Trojans responded quickly in the the start of the second quarter going on a 8-0 run that would give them a 21-20 lead with 6:19 left in the half. The Trojans continued to hold the momentum in the second quarter and outscored the Mountaineers 21-8 to give them a 34-26 lead over Berea going into the half.
The Mountaineers were lead in the first half by Adriana Williams with 10 points. Williams also went 4-4 from the charity stripe in the first half.
The momentum stayed on the Trojans side and halfway through the third quarter their lead grew to eleven, 46-35. Adriana Williams grabbed a steal and made a jump shot with 1:08 remaining in the quarter to bring the Mountaineers back within ten. in the third quarter Tayor outscored Berea 21-17 and took a 55-43 lead goin into the final quarter of play.
With 3:32 left in the game the Trojans would take their largest lead of the game going up 70-49. Bethanie Williams hit a jumper with 2:35 left in the game to bring the score to 70-51. A couple of made free throws by Zacchea Small would be the last points scored in the game bringing the final score to 70-53, Taylor.
Berea shot 29.2% for the game and went 4-15 from behind the arc compared to the 45.8% and 3-10 that Taylor shot.
The Mountaineers were lead by Adriana Williams with 18 points. Leading the Mountaineers under the glass was #2 Bethanie Williams with 6 and she also recorded 3 steals.
The Mountaineers will be back in action at home on Tuesday, December 1st when they take on West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 PM.