| BC Ladies Win Some, Lose Some
BC's Lady Mountaineers had a fifty-fifty split in the Pepsi Classic during the first weekend in December.
Freshman Calloray Howard fends off an opponent
Friday night, the Ladies took on the Lady Hawks from Illinois Institute of Technology. The action went back and forth on the court, both teams holding off the other. BC kept up with the Hawks, neither falling too far behind or leading by too much. With five minutes to go, player number 45, Toccara Gambrel, suffered an cracked rib and left the game. Gambrel will not return to the court until January. Finishing up the half without Gambrel, the Mountaineers were only down by two points, 46 - 48.
After a halftime performance by Berea's dance group, F.Y.A.H., the ladies came back on the court with a fire of their own. Within the first two minutes, the Lady Mountaineers took a commanding ten-point lead. Players LaShondra Gray and Rebecca May led the ladies in with 19 points and 18 points, respectively, while Candy Walls paved the way with ten rebounds. With three minutes to go, the ladies hit the 100 point marker, scoring 101 points, and driving the audience and the infamous Hecklers crazy. The Berea College Lady Mountaineers came away with another win, 111-93.
On Saturday, the ladies took on the Panthers of Davenport University. Tired from their stellar game the night before, and disheartened by the absence of Gambrel, the ladies started the game on a disappointing note, as Davenport took an early albeit slight lead. The low morale persisted as the Mountaineers continued to miss shots, resulting in a six point deficit at halftime: 41-47.
At the start of the second half, the Panthers continued to dominate the court, while BC trailed behind. The Lady Mountaineers managed to narrow the gap to an attainable 69-72, but the rally was too little too late. Shooting only 30 percent from the field goal range, and 17 percent from the three point arc, the ladies lost to Davenport, 82-93.
Coach Bunky Harkleroad said the loss resulted from a combination of Davenport's talent and Berea's mistakes. "Davenport is a very good basketball team," he commented. "They are a top 25 program, and I'm confident [they] will have a great shot to be in the national tournament. That was our third opponent in less than 48 hours and a lot of things did go wrong. We were 8 for 48 from the 3-point line, we did a poor job of getting our best scorer the basketball ... and we committed far too many turnovers and committed way too many personal fouls late in that game. This team [Berea] has real potential and we are learning a great deal ... and hopefully we will continue to mature and come together as a team."
Up next for the Lady Mountaineers are two home games this week. Tuesday night at 7 p.m., they will face off against Brescia, and then take on Lindsey Wilson on Thursday, also at 7 p.m.