Berea, KY- The women's basketball team returned to the court this evening to take on the visiting USCAA opponent West Virginia Institute of Technology Golden Bears. This game was a tale of two halves for the Mountaineers and the Mountaineers used four players scoring in double digits to get the win.
Berea got off to a strong start using strong shooting, using 50% three point shooting and 47% overall field goal percentage to get a six point lead with 1:28 remaining in the first quarter. The strong start was also aided by the defensive intensity of the Mountaineers, as the Golden Bears shot 18% from the field in the first quarter. West Virginia Tech kept the first quarter close because of shooting 10-11 from the charity stripe, as the first quarter ended with Berea leading 19-16. The Mountaineers were led by Zacchea Small and Bethanie Williams, who each scored six points in the quarter.
The second quarter was a reversal of fortunes for the Mountaineers as the Golden Bears picked up their defensive prowess, limiting Berea to just 24% shooting from the field. West Virginia Tech capitalized on Berea's shooting woes, using a 14-3 run to take a 30-22 lead with 4:24 left in the half. The Mountaineers responded with a 7-4 run of their own to make the deficit 34-29 going to the locker room for halftime. Anna Loveless led the scoring in the second quarter for Berea with five points.
The tide changed for the Berea and stayed on the side of the Mountaineers for both quarters of the second half. After allowing the Golden Bears to score the first five points of the third quarter, using their defense, Berea went on an 11-0 run to give themselves an one point advantage making the score 40-39. West Virginia Tech changed the score again with a two point basket to make the score 41-40, but that was the last deficit Berea faced as the team scored the next eight points to take a lead of 48-41. The Mountaineers continued to pour on the points as they extended their lead to ten heading into the fourth quarter with a score of 58-48. Adriana Williams led the way for Berea in points in the quarter, scoring 15.
The defensive intensity continued into the fourth quarter, as the Mountaineers forced seven turnovers and continued to extend their lead. Berea shot 56% overall from the field, including 3-4 from beyond the arc, while limiting the Golden Bears to just 29% shooting from the field extending their lead out to 22 points before going on to win 93-69. Adriana Williams led the team in points with 27, along with the addition of five rebounds and four steals on the stats sheet. The other three double digit scorers for Berea were Bethanie Williams with 16, Kiley Barnard with 14 and Erica Rogers, who added 12 points. Small led the team in rebounds with 10 while Barnard was the assist leader with six.
The Mountaineers' next action will be on the road as they travel Danville, KY to take on Centre College. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 PM.