Berea, KY- The women's basketball team, ranked #4 in the USCAA Women's Basketball Division I Coaches Poll, used a 28-12 advantage in the second quarter and a season-high 30 points from Bethanie Williams to defeat USCAA opponent, the University of Cincinnati-Clermont Cougars, 100-69.
Bri Lanham began the scoring for the Mountaineers, as her three-point basket gave the team a 3-2 lead. A close first quarter saw the Cougars pull ahead 6-3 before six straight points from Williams put Berea ahead 9-6. Clermont pulled within one point of the lead before back-to-back baskets from Dalilah Price and Williams put the Mountaineers ahead by six points, 14-8. A made jump shot with 1:39 left in the quarter helped pull the Cougars back within one point of the lead, 15-14, before a 5-2 run by Berea pushed the team ahead 20-16 as the quarter ended.
After the first five points of the second quarter went in favor of Clermont to retake the lead, 21-20, the Mountaineers clamped down on defense and Williams along with Kiley Barnard hit baskets for Berea, sparking a 28-7 scoring rally over the remaining minutes of the first half. With a 38-28 advantage and 2:39 left on the clock before the halftime buzzer, the Mountaineers scored 10 straight points to head into the intermission with a 20 point lead, 48-28.
The tough defense and the hot offense continued for Berea in the second half as a pair of free throws and three-point jump shot from Kristen Barnes followed by free throws from Jaime Roberts put the Mountaineers ahead by 25 points, 69-44. Zacchea Small's jump shot with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter gave Berea 74 points through three quarters and allowed them to take a 74-48 advantage as the teams headed to the final quarter.
Nakeisha Greene opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with her jump shot and the Mountaineers lead broke 30 points when Barnes hit a three-point basket to pull the team ahead 79-48. Berea took their largest lead of the game with 4:14 left to go when Williams' basket behind the arc put the Mountaineers ahead by 34 points, 91-57. Heather Thompson's three-point basket as the final seconds were coming off the clock gave the team 100 points for the second time this season, as Berea walked off the court with a 100-69 victory.
Lanham (18), Barnes (14), Greene (11) and Small (11) joined Williams in double figure scoring for the game. The team outrebounded the Cougars 45-30, with rebounding highs coming from Greene's 13, Lanham's 10, and Small, who finished with eight. Barnard was the team leader in assists with eight.
Berea (7-5) return to the Roland Wierwille Court on Friday when USCAA opponent Saint Mary of the Woods College visits the Seabury Center. The two teams faced each other earlier in the season in a contest which the Mountaineers won 113-89. Action is slated to begin at 6:00.