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Ladies Win KIAC, Men Just Fall Short

No. 3 Berea College (20-11) defeated #1 Midway College (23-8) for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship 121-101 on March 1. Berea advances to the NAIA Division II national tournament where on March 12 at 8 p.m. they will play #1 seeded Morningside, a powerhouse that has won two national titles.

The Mountaineers defeated Midway College, 121-101, to win the KIAC tournament.

In the KIAC tournament, a dominant performance was marked by a hot shooting night on Berea’s end. Berea hit 12 of 24 three point attempts in the first half to extend its big lead early. Berea also capitalized on turnovers by Midway with 42 points coming off of them.

Listen to the women's game (2:05, MP3), courtesy of Wallingford Broadcasting Company. Kyle Sowers had the call on 106.7, WLFX-FM.

A series of runs, including an 11-0 run midway through the first half widened the Berea lead to 41-25. Berea would expand the lead to 27 before a late 15-4 run by Midway made it 63-45 at the break. Berea’s three pointers would continue to pose issues as Midway tried to keep pace throughout the rest of the contest. Midway stayed within two on second half points and shot 43 percent from the field in that time frame.

Berea had three players with 20 plus points in the contest. Ashley Howard (Salyersville, Ky./ Magoffin Co.) led the way with 25 points and eight assists. Sa’de Mullins (Elizabethtown, Ky. /John Hardin) hit five of eight from long range in her 24 point game. Annbruce Madden (Lexington, Ky. /Paul Dunbar) hit all four of her attempts to score 21.

Midway’s Danielle Lascoe and Beth Jamison tied for the team lead in points at 15. Jamison (Taylorsville, KY/Spencer Co. H.S.) completed the game with 11 rebounds for a double double. Lascoe (Louisville, KY/Jeffersontown H.S.) also added four assists. Ashley Parker’s (Midway, FL/Amos P. Godby H.S.) 14 rebounds came with 10 points on the team.

Berea’s win gives them an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Championship on March 12-18, 2008 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. For more information on the national tournament please visit: www.naia.org.

On the men's side, #1 Indiana University Southeast defeated #2 Berea College 84-73 to win the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship title. The game featured a battle inside the post. Berea College (13-15) won the points inside the paint by 20-16. IU Southeast (24-8) knocked away 14 balls for steals.

Listen to the men's game (1:50, MP3), called by Kyle Sowers on 106.7, WLFX-FM.

The game was relatively even through the first eight minutes. IU Southeast would pull away to the biggest lead of the game at 13 with about two minutes left in the first half before Berea edged it back to 46-38 at the half. Berea would close back to within three at 61-58 before IU Southeast widened the lead to 10 and never looked back.

IU Southeast had 37 points off the bench. Jazzmarr Ferguson (Louisville, Ky. /Moore) led the bench and team with 18 points. KIAC All Conference team member Carlos Mitchell (Louisville, Ky. /Fern Creek) scored 17 points. Jeremy Holland (Austin, Ind. /Austin) was seven of eight from the line and had 14 points in the game.

Berea’s All Conference trio led the way for the team. Jordan Samuels (Frankfort, Ky. /Western Hills) scored 23 points and 10 rebounds. Mikah Turner (Maysville, Ky. /Mason Co.) scored 15 points with seven boards. Charles Wandera (Kampala, Uganda) scored 10 points and eight rebounds.

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