BEREA, Ky – In their first home game since December 1st, the women's basketball team grabbed a commanding, 89-65, win over the Miami University Middletown ThunderHawks.
The first quarter started off slow for both team offensively, but Berea came out showing a strong defensive stand. The Mountaineers were able to get on the board first and never trailed the ThunderHawks throughout the entire game. Adriana Williams scored the first two baskets of the game, one of which she took to the basket after a steal. Jaime Roberts and Bethanie Williams both hit shots from behind the arc off of assists from Anna Loveless and Kiley Barnard, respectively. Miami University Middletown was able to keep themselves in the game with solid three-point shooting (60%). The first quarter ended with Adriana Williams assertively making a steal and, once again, taking it to the basket for an easy two points, putting Berea up 22-15.
Roberts hit a three-point shot to start the second quarter, to which the ThunderHawks responded with a three of their own. After exchanging several points, Miami-Middletown hit back-to-back threes, which brought them within four points with a score of 30-26. Berea kept their composure and pushed their lead back out to eight points off a Loveless lay-up created by an assist from Adriana Williams, followed by two made free throws by Bethanie Williams. The Mountaineers continued to increase the lead, ending the half with a score of 42-31. Adriana Williams led Berea in the first half in points (20), assists (3) and steals (3). The Mountaineers were led in rebounds by Zacchea Small, with five.
Berea's first two possessions of the third quarter resulted in back-to-back shots from beyond the arc for Bethanie Williams, making the score 45-34. The Mountaineers continued to control the game, increasing their lead to 21 points with the help of made shots by Loveless, Adriana Williams, Kelsey Tippitt and Kiley Barnard. On the Mountaineers' last two possessions of the quarter, Breanna Sims put it in the net off an assist by Adriana Williams who then made a jump shot with the clock winding down. Berea held the ThunderHawks to only 12 points in third quarter, ending with a score of 65-47 in favor of the Mountaineers.
Berea continued adding points to the scoreboard as they opened the fourth quarter scoring the first five points, making their lead 70-49. The Mountaineers finished the game hitting five three-point field goals, helping them finish with the 24 point victory. Adriana Williams led the Mountaineers with 26 points, nine assists and five steals. Small had a team-high 11 rebounds. Bethanie Williams finished with a career-high 24 points, shooting 50 percent from the three-point line.
Berea returns to action tomorrow as they travel to St. Mary of the Woods College. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00PM.