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Lady Mountaineers Return with a Win

After resting up over winter break, and incurring a loss to Doane College in the annual Virgin Islands Tournament, BC's Lady Mountaineers were back in action in Saturday night's game.

Sophomore Sarah Huges had a strong game, with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

In their first conference game of the season, the ladies faced off against the Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers (9-5) in Seabury Arena in front of a crowded fan section. After the first tip-off was knocked out of bounds, the second was taken away by BC's DeAn Watkins. Heather Hutchins brought the ball home to give the Lady Mountaineers their first point of the game.

The ladies kept their defense up and prevented IUS from scoring a single point until nearly 3 minutes into the game. BC answered the Grenadiers' first two-point shot with a three-pointer of their own. The game became more intense as IUS narrowed BC's lead to a single point. The Grenadier's quickly took the lead, also by a point. Not to be outdone, the Mountaineers regained the lead, then picked up the pace to pull away from the Grenadiers. BC held an 11-point lead after an offensive rally near the end of the half, with a score of 52-41 at the buzzer.

The second half started with a bang after BC made several loose ball recoveries. The Mountaineers' tough defense forced IUS to fight for each and every point scored. With six minutes left, the Mountaineers maintained their lead with a score of 79-66. In less than one minute, BC went on an eight-point shooting spree, including two three-point shots, the second coming off of a steal. The Grenadiers began to tire and fall further behind on the court, while the Lady Mountaineers' lead grew. In the end, Berea topped IUS 96 - 80.

"Our energy level was off the charts and we played as hard as I've ever seen us play," said coach Bunky Harkleroad. The Mountaineers' aggressiveness was evident in their 20 steals, compared to the Grenadiers' 3. Sophomores Candy Walls and Sarah Hughes led the team with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Hughes and senior Rebecca May pulled down 9 rebounds each.

The Lady Mountaineers are now (12-4) overall this season. Stay tuned to BCnow for more women's basketball coverage.

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