Uniontown, PA- The women's basketball woke up early this morning to compete in the consolation portion of the 2016 USCAA Basketball National Championship. The team dropped their first round match up to Rochester College and came in today looking to leave the tournament with a win. Today's contest was against the seventh seeded Carlow University Shammies.
Berea exploded out of the gate as the team scored the first 12 points of the game, with points coming from four different players. After seeing the first basket for Carlow go through the net, the Mountaineers scored the next eight points and saw themselves leading 20-2 with 2:27 left to go in the quarter. The defense for Berea caused the Shammies to miss 12 shots and forced five turnovers to help them go into the second quarter leading 20-5.
The advantage for Berea dwindled to begin the second quarter, as Carlow used a 13-3 scoring run to cut the lead to five, making the score 23-18 in favor of the Mountaineers. Jaime Roberts' three point jump shot and Adriana Williams' layup pushed the advantage back out to double digits, but at the 1:06 mark the lead was just four, 28-24 for Berea. A three point play by Zacchea Small and layup by Bethanie Williams helped the Mountaineers leave the court for halftime with a 33-27 lead.
Carlow cut the deficit to four to begin the half, but Berea won the scoring war to as they scored the next 13 points, with the exclamation point being back-to-back three point baskets from Kiley Barnard and Kelsey Tippitt. The consecutive scoring streak helped the team lead 46-29 with 4:53 remaining in the third quarter. At the 2:54 mark, Breanna Sims' jump shot pushed the lead to 20 points, making the score 51-31. Bethanie Williams ended the third quarter with a three point basket, which aided the Mountaineers in going to the final quarter with ahead by 22 points, 55-33.
The fourth quarter began the same way the third ended, with a Bethanie Williams three point basket to make the scoreboard read 58-33 in favor of Berea. The lead reached its highest point of the game at the 4:01 mark of the fourth quarter when Roberts' three point basket, her third of the game, gave the Mountaineers a 30 point advantage, 69-39. Time eventually ran off the clock and Berea walked off the court at the final buzzer with a 74-50 victory.
Four players for the Mountaineers scored in double digits, led by Bethanie Williams' 19 points, 15 of which came from behind the arc. The other three players in double digits were Adriana Williams (15), Roberts (14) and Barnard (10). Zacchea Small was the leader on the glass for Berea with 10 rebounds, four from the offensive board. Adriana Williams also finished with seven assists and three steals. The lone senior on the team, Anna Loveless, finished the game with six points and five rebounds. The team finished the season 15-12.