| Injuries Plague Lady Mountaineers in Two Point KIAC Tourney Loss
Three potentially serioius injuries during the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Tournament matchup with Spalding left Berea without two starters and a key reserve in route to a two point loss.
Just three minutes into the game, senior forward Ashley Miller suffered a severe knee injury that may require surgery. Junior guard Crystal Davis went down a couple of minutes later with a severe ankle sprain. Both Miller and Davis were named to the KIAC All-Conference Team. Stephanie Corry, a key guard off the bench, also suffered a knee injury that may require surgery.
Despite the misfortunes, Berea nearly defeated the eventual tournament runner-ups.
Down by four with seventeen seconds remaining, Jessica Engle nailed a three-pointer to pull Berea within one point of Spalding's 104-103 lead. Spalding missed three of four free throws in the closing seconds, but Jessica Engle was called for an offensive foul with just one tick left on the clock to seal the win for Spalding, who advances to play Bethel in the championship game.
Berea trailed for most of the game after leading 10-7 early in the first half. Spalding then went on an 11-0 run to pull ahead 21-10. Lauching a three-point assault midway through the first half, Berea pulled ahead 30-28 on a trey by Rebecca May at the six minute mark. The two teams traded baskets the remainder of the first half with neither gaining more than a four point lead. The half ended with Spalding up 46-45.
Spalding began the second half with a 12-5 run to quickly establish an eight point lead. Berea then responded with a run and eventually took a 74-73 lead when LaQuesha Bosley hit a three-pointer mid way through the second half. Tied at 88, Spalding then went on an 11-2 run to go up by nine with just two minutes remaining. Bosley, May, and Engle responded by hitting three consecutive three-pointers to pull within one with seventeen seconds remaining. Berea was then forced to foul, and Spalding missed three of their final four free throws, setting the stage for a last-second drama. The drama ended when Engle was charged with an offensive foul with one second remaining. The final score was 105-103.
May led the team in scoring with nineteen, followed by four others (Engle, Kenita Bell, Stephanie Corry, and Bosley) who scored in double figures. Morissa Benberry led the team with ten rebounds. De-An Watkins and Bell each contributed seven assists. Spalding also had five players score in double figures, but Berea had no answer for Makeshia McGill, who poured in twenty seven points and snared thirteen rebounds.