Asheville, NC- The women's basketball team took the court earlier today, this time against an USCAA opponent in Asheville, NC, the Warren Wilson College Owls.
The game started out well for Berea as they took a fast 5-0 lead just 26 seconds into the game, holding the Owls scoreless for nearly the first three minutes of the game. Warren Wilson eventually found some offense to cut the Mountaineers lead to just one point, but jump shots by Adriana Williams and Kiley Barnard pushed Berea's lead out to five. Jaime Roberts' second three point basket of the first quarter gave the Mountaineers an 18-13 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Owls used a 7-1 run over the first two minutes of the second quarter to take their first lead of the game, 20-19, before Anna Loveless' three point basket gave Berea the lead back. The lead would not stay in the favor of the Mountaineers for long though as the Owls took back the lead before Roberts' made free throw tied the game up at 25 at the 6:06 mark. This was the final tie of the quarter as Warren Wilson used a 16-6 run over the last six minutes of the second quarter to take a 41-31 advantage into the locker rooms.
Facing a 10 point deficit as the third quarter began, Berea quickly made a dent, cutting the lead down to five, but the Owls responded and pushed their advantage out to 11 points, 49-38 with 6:28 left in the quarter. That was the last double digit deficit the Mountaineers faced as Williams scored seven straight points to make the score 49-45 and by the end of the quarter, Berea had a two point lead, 56-54.
The Mountaineers kept the lead in the fourth quarter for the first four minutes of the half, but eventually gave the lead up in the quarter which featured five ties and eight lead changes. Berea took the final lead though off Williams' jump shot and went on to win the game 74-72. The Mountaineers had three players score in double digits, led by the team leader in scoring Williams with a season high 29 points. The other scorers in double figures were Bethanie Williams (13) and Roberts (11). Zacchea Small led the efforts on the boards with 10. Berea shot a perfect 7-7 from behind the arc for the game.
With the win, the Mountaineers move their record to 12-8 as they continue their march towards a bid to the USCAA Basketball National Championships. The team will return to the court this Tuesday, February 2nd when they host Kentucky Christian University. Action is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM.