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.
BARBOURVILLE, KY - The Montreat College women's basketball team dropped a contest to Union (KY) 103-55 on Saturday night in Appalachian Athletic Conference play. The loss drops the Cavaliers to 10-12 overall and 6-8 in the AAC.
The Bulldogs got rolling early, hitting on 18-35 shots in the fist half, including five three-pointers. Meanwhile the Cavaliers, playing without Arianna Williams (FR/Lawrenceville, GA), failed to get going offensively, hitting on only 11-37 shots in the fist hall as the Bulldogs built a 17 point lead. That lead would continue to grow in the second half as the short-handed Cavaliers were no match for the hot-shooting Bulldogs.
Niroshka Perez (JR/Asheville, NC) led the Cavaliers with 14 points while Darah DeWalt (FR/Charlotte, NC) added 12 points and nine rebounds. Hannah Calloway (SO/Swannanoa, NC) also scored 12 points while Shannon Jackson (SR/Charleston, SC) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Montreat will be back in action on Wednesday, February 3rd as they travel to take on Truett-McConnell College. Tipoff is set for 5:30pm.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College women's basketball team dropped a hard-fought game against Appalachian Athletic Conference rival and #21 ranked Milligan 76-69 on Wednesday night at McAlister Gymnasium.The loss drops the Lady Cavs to 10-11 overall and 5-6 in the AAC.
Montreat got out strong early, racing to a 20-14 lead after the first period. The Lady Cavs would grow that lead to 33-25 at halftime behind nine points from Niroshka Perez (JR/Asheville, NC). After standout Darah DeWalt (FR/Charlotte, NC) was sent to the bench midway through the third period after picking up her fourth foul, the Buffaloes mounted a run and took a 47-45 lead going into the final frame. In the fourth period, the Buffaloes used a 13-5 run to take a 67-56 lead with 3:14 to play. The Cavaliers would threaten but could not quite make up the difference as Milligan secured the victory with strong free-throw shooting late in the contest.
Montreat held the Buffaloes to only 38% shooting for the night but Milligan was able to connect from deep, hitting 9-15 three-pointers. The Lady Cavs hit on 40% of their shots (25-62) on the night.
Arianna Williams (FR/Lawrenceville, GA) led Montreat with 19 points on 8-17 shooting while adding eight rebounds and four assits. Shannon Jackson (SR/Charleston, SC) grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to go with 16 points while Darah DeWalt scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Niroshka Perez finished the game with 10 points and six rebounds.
Head Coach Meghan Austin had this to say of her team's performance: "I am proud of our team for coming out and competing tonight. Milligan proved why they are the top team in the AAC; they closed out the game. We will continue to learn from games like tonight and keep competing and fighting."
Montreat returns to action on Saturday, January 30th as they travel to face Union College at 2pm.