CLEVELAND, GA - Despite a solid outing that had them in the lead for most of the game, the Montreat College women's basketball team dropped a close 79-75 decision to Truett-McConnell Wednesday night in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.
The Cavaliers (10-13, 6-9 AAC) went back-and-forth with the Bears all night and took a 40-36 lead into halftime. A three-pointer from Niroshka Perez (JR/Asheville, NC) gave the Cavaliers a 49-41 lead with 5:19 remaining in the third period. From there, the Bears would begin to chip away at the lead and cut it to 58-57 as the final period began. The Bears clamped down in the final frame and held on to send Montreat to their fourth consecutive loss.
Niroshka Perez led the Cavaliers with 19 points, including hitting 4-10 three-pointers. Arianna Williams (FR/Lawrenceville, GA) scored 11 points while collecting eight rebounds and dishing out three assists. Hannah Calloway (SO/Swannanoa, NC) added 14 points and Shannon Jackson (SR/Charleston, SC) picked up another double-double, grabbing a game high 13 rebounds to go with 10 points.
"It's always a hard night when the opposing post players shoot 6-9 from the 3-point line," said head coach Meghan Austin. "Our team competed but we came up a little short tonight."
The Cavaliers will look to get back in the win column as they kick off a three-game home stand on Saturday against Reinhardt University. Tipoff is set for 2pm.
LYNCHBURG, VA - The Montreat College track & field team continued their indoor season over the weekend, competing in the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational, hosted by Liberty University. The Cavaliers had a number of strong efforts over the course of the two days, highlighted by three new school records.
On Friday night, the 4x800m relay team of Erik Rodriguez, Daniel Lancaster, Joshua Kilgo (SR/Waxhaw, NC), and Elijah Mitchell (FR/Milledgeville, GA) set a new school record in the 4x800m relay event, crossing the line in 8:18.01 to take 3rd place.
Also on Friday evening, Rylan Hincher (FR/North Wilkesboro, NC) placed 5th in the men's 5,000m race with a personal best time of 16:26.43. Teammate Steven Anhold (SO/Churchville, VA) was right behind, coming in 6th place with a time of 16:26.56. The two harriers would return on Saturday to compete in the 3,000m race with Hincher posting another personal best time of 9:31.83 while Anhold crossed the tape in 9:33.53.
On Saturday, Daniel Lancaster (SO/Wilmington, NC) won the non-D1 section of the men's 1,000m race and his time of 2:37.22 was a new indoor school record. Teammate Erik Rodriguez (SR/Euless, Texas), who hold the outdoor 1k school record and is a 2015 NAIA National Indoor T&F Championship Qualifier in the event, placed 3rd in a time of 2:37.78. Daniel Angarita (FR/Miller's Creek, NC) would place 6th in the event with a time of 2:46.75 with Brandon Welborn (SO/Traphill, NC) taking 8th place in 2:49.49.
At the end of the day on Saturday, the 4x400m relay team of Rodriguez, Kilgo, Mitchell, and Eli Hall (FR/Columbus, NC) placed 2nd in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:33.07.
Dawuud Shabazz-Williams (SO/ Bristow, VA) set a new school record in the shot put, heaving a throw of 11.61m (38'1.25") to place 9th in his collegiate debut. In the high jump, Caleb Mallory (SO/Miami, FL) cleared the bar at 1.79m (5'10.5") to earn a 7th place finish.
"I was really pleased with how the weekend went," said head coach Jason Lewkowicz. "We are in a pretty heavy phase of our training right now and these early season meets are great to test our fitness and learn how to compete. I thought the guys came out and really worked hard and we got some solid results out of the weekend. We will use this as motivation as we get back to work next week and prepare for ETSU."
The track & field team will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Johnson City, TN to compete at the Buccaneer Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State University, February 5th-6th.
BARBOURVILLE, KY - Fresh off the heels of their thrilling victory over Milligan at home on Wednesday night, the Montreat College men's basketball team faced a tough encore, hitting the road to take on #6 Union (KY) on Saturday. The young Cavaliers squad proved to be up for the challenge, giving the Bulldogs fits before eventually falling short, 86-72.
Montreat showed no signs of a letdown early, keeping pace with the nationally ranked Bulldogs throughout the first half. After going back and forth in the frame, Union would take a 39-34 lead into halftime. The Cavaliers quickly cut that lead to three points after Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) opened up the scoring with a basket but Union would eventually build up a double-digit lead with 16:50 to play.
The Cavaliers refused to go away, hanging around and using a three-pointer from Sam McKinney (FR/Bakersville, NC) to cut the lead to 59-54 with 9:22 to play. Union would again build a double-digit advantage only to see the Cavaliers get it down to eight points courtesy of a Myles Marshall (JR/Brooklyn, NY) three-point play with 2:32 to go. The Bulldogs immediately responded with a three-pointer and sealed the win with free throws in the closing minutes.
Myles Marshall led the Cavaliers with 15 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Sean Doman (SO/Queens, NY) added 10 points while dishing out five assists while Amir Davis (FR/Charlotte, NC) filled the stat sheet with 9 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Montreat will return to action on Wednesday, February 3rd when they travel to take on Truett-McConnell in AAC action. Tipoff is set for 7:30pm.