Mishawaka, IN--The Grace College women's basketball team played a hard fought game at Bethel College Tuesday night against the top seeded Lady Pilots. Grace was unable though to pull out the victory, losing 82-68.
The Lady Lancers opened the first half focused and together as they jumped out to an early 15-10 advantage. Bethel was forced to use a timeout which sparked an 8-2 run over the next three minutes to claim the 18-17 lead. The momentum stayed with Bethel as they closed the half on a 20-8 spurt after their timeout to head into the locker room leading the Lady Lancers 30-23.
"At the half we talked about keeping the game within striking distance," said head coach Scott Blum. "If we could maintain in the second half I felt we would have a chance to win the game."
In the second half both teams traded baskets before the Lady Lancers began chipping away at the deficit. Grace was able to cut the Pilot lead to three points before the top seed pull away once again pushing their lead into double figures. Grace was not able to get the Pilot advantage back into double figures from the ten minute mark on.
On the night Grace shot 46-percent from the field (29-63) while connecting on 54-percent in the second half (18-33). Grace was led by junior Demetria Eley with 14 points along with freshmen Kayla Skaggs and Hannah Lengel with 12 and 11 respectively. Bethel's top gun was Bekah Basinger who dropped in a game high 31 points on the night including 5 three pointers.
The loss closes out Grace's regular season and conference season play. They finished 9-23 on the year as they head into the NCCAA tournament. Grace is the host school for the 2009 Women's Division I tournament which starts March 12th at the OCC.
Winona Lake, IN--The Grace College women's basketball team look their first step Monday night in the MCC tournament by defeating the Goshen women's team 79-66 in the opening round of the conference tournament.
Grace finished the regular season in 8th place as the Maple Leafs finished in 9th place. The two teams had to have a play-in game to advance in tournament play. With the victory Grace will travel to the top seed Bethel College Tuesday night.
Early in the game Grace was able to control the tempo of contest by applying full court pressure to the Maple Leafs. Neither team led by more than three points before the Lady Lancers were able to extend to a six point advantage with 3:00 to play in the first half. Goshen had opportunities to cut the lead but ten first half turnovers limited the Maple Leafs possessions. Grace took a 33-28 lead into the break.
In the second half the Lady Lancers quickly establish a ten point lead behind the full court play of Kiera Gray. Gray who was only 1-of-9 in the first half finished by going 8-for-19 for the game and scoring a game high 24 points.
Grace extended their lead to as many as 15 points with 7:54 to play but Goshen put together a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to cut the deficit to six points. Two Kayla Skaggs free throws pushed the Grace lead back to eight and Goshen never got any closer the rest of the game.
"I thought our pressure game them some trouble tonight," said head coach Scott Blum. "We had nice balance in our scoring and Kiera played a great second half."
Gray led all scorers with 24 points. Eley and Cashier chipped in 16 points each and Skaggs added 8 in the win. Freshman Kate Ball played a great all around game with 8 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 2 rebounds. Grace advances to play the top seeded Bethel Pilots Tuesday night. The Grace win, is their third of the season over Goshen who finishes the year at 7-24.
WINONA LAKE--The Grace College Women's Basketball team struggled against Indiana Wesleyan Wednesday night, losing to the Lady Wildcats, 72-55.
It was senior night for the Lady Lancers (8-22, 3-13). Senior manager Ashley House and guard Tara Drew were honored for their contributions to the women's program before their final regular season game.
The Lady Lancers struggled from the field throughout the game, shooting just 38% from the floor. The Lady Wildcats (21-8, 10-5) jumped out to an 18 point lead in the second half with a 6-0 run just two minutes in.
Elaine Hessel (IWU) led all scorers with 19 points, 15 coming in the second half of play. Kayla Skaggs, Hayley Cashier, and Demetria Eley all scored 10 points each for Grace, with Eley also collecting seven rebounds.
The ladies will host the play-in game of the MCC tourney on Monday against Goshen.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Grace College Lady Lancers hit the road Saturday for their final MCC away game against the University of St. Francis Lady Cougars. The result was not what they expected though as they fell 90-53 at Hutzell Athletic Center.
The Lancers, who are now 8-21 this season, jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before Chelsea Joseph put the host team on scoreboard with a baseline jumper with 16:35 to play in the first half. Joseph started an 11-0 run for USF.
The Cougars pushed its lead to 18-10, but the young GC squad bounced back on a 2-point basket by Hannah Lengel and a Kate Ball 3-pointer. GC only trailed 18-15 with 10:09 to play in the half. After a USF timeout, the Lady Cougars took control outscoring the Lancers 17-0 over the next five minutes. From there the deficit was too much as Grace was unable to cut the lead to single digits. Grace could not cool off a hot shooting Cougar team that connected on 57-percent from the field in the first half to take a 49-25 lead into the break.
"When you turn the ball over thirteen more times than your opponent and shoot as poorly as we did it is hard to stay in games," said head coach Scott Blum.
Demetria Eley finished with 12 points and eight rebounds as freshman Kate Ball gave a spark off the bench scoring 10 points. The women will return home for their final MCC contest against Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday February 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Spring Arbor, MI--The Grace College Lady Lancers were unable to hold on in the second half at Spring Arbor Wednesday night in their MCC showdown with the Lady Cougars. Grace trailed by four at the half 32-28 but Spring Arbor's hot shooting allowed them to pull away for the 68-55 victory.
"Tonight was a tough night for us," said women's head coach Scott Blum. "We didn't shoot the ball well from three and had too many turnovers which led to points at the other end."
For the game the women shot 40-percent from the field while only connecting on 1-of-9 from behind the arc. The Lady Cougars on the other hand found their rhythm in the second half by scoring on 50-percent of their shots.
Grace was led in scoring by freshman Kayla Skaggs with 14 points. Junior Demetria Eley finished with 13 points and Kiera Gray chipped in 11.
The Lady Lancers now drop to 3-11 in Mid-Central College Conference play and 8-20 on the season. They will look to bounce back on Saturday as they head to Fort Wayne to take of the Lady Cougars of St. Francis at 1:00 p.m.
WINONA LAKE, IN - The Grace College women's basketball team lost to conference foe #24 Taylor University 54-72 Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Lancers (8-19, 3-10 MCC) led 2-0 at the start of the game, and never lead again.
Grace tied the game 39-39 at the second half's 17:50 mark and only trailed by five at the 12:57 mark. The Lady Lancers, however, went on to score a mere two points in the next eight minute span. The Lady Trojans (18-8, 9-5 MCC) took advantage of Grace's scoring drought and went on a 15-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Taylor's Bethany Ballard scored nine of her 17 points during that stretch.
Grace hung tough in the first half. They trailed by 11 at the 8:39 mark and proceeded to go on an 11-2 run. Kiera Gray's three-point field goal put Grace within two points with four minutes to play. At the end of the first half, Grace trailed 35-39.
Scrappy Lancer defense resulted in 14 steals and 20 Trojan turnovers. For the Lady Trojans, free throw shooting was key. They made 13-of-15 in the first half and 13-of-14 in the second half.
Kiera Gray led the scoring for the Lancers with 14 points, four steals, and three assists. Demetria Eley chipped in 12 points and point guard Hannah Lengel had eight points and six rebounds.
For the Lady Trojans, Paige Rudolph led with 19 points, Bethany Ballard finished with 17 points, and Allison Reece pitched in 11 points.
The Lady Lancers are back in action at Spring Arbor Feb. 11. Game time is 7 p.m.
WINONA LAKE, IN - Grace College's women's basketball team started strong and never looked back against Goshen College Wednesday night. The Lady Lancers pulled off an 82-56 victory and improved to 3-9 in the Mid-Central College Conference.
The Lady Lancers (8-18, 3-9 MCC) jumped to a 20-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Kiera Gray scored 10 of her 21 points during that stretch. Kendall Withered also played well in the first half, scoring 8 points and two three pointers.
Rebounding was also a key for the Lady Lancers in the first half. They outrebounded Goshen by 13 and took 20 more shots. The Lady Lancers finished the first half leading 40-25.
Grace continued the solid performance and pushed the lead to 32 points with a Kate Ball field goal at the 3:33 mark. The Lady Lancers forced the Lady Maple Leafs (6-19, 1-10 MCC) into 23 turnovers and held them to 39.6% shooting. The loss was the Maple Leafs' seventh in a row.
Freshman Andrea Whealy came off the bench in the second half and hit two three pointers in ten minutes of action.
Demetria Eley led had a stellar all-around performance, tallying 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Freshman Hayley Cashier scored 10 points and six boards. Kendall Withered also rebounded well for the Lady Lancers with seven rebounds and ten points.
The Lady Lancers are back in action Saturday at home against the Taylor Lady Trojans. Game time is 1 p.m.
Huntington, IN-The Grace College Lady Lancers were downed by the12th-ranked Huntington Foresters 80-63 Saturday afternoon.
Playing before the sea of pink, the two teams went back-and-forth early and were tied 9-9 at the 14:37 mark. The Foresters then went on a 12-2 run that put the HU in front 21-11 with 8:47 to go in the half.
Grace then stepped up the defensive pressure and held the Foresters to just two free throws over the next four minutes to pull within three at 23-20. HU then connected on six consecutive free throws to increase the margin back to nine and headed into the break up 34-28. Early in the second half, the Lancers cut it to five on two occasions, but an 11-3 spurt put the Foresters up 13 at the 12:31 mark.
Grace continued to battle and narrowed the gap to seven with six minutes to play. Over the next three minutes, HU put together a 9-1 run to finally take command of the game at 70-55 with 3:13 to play. The free throw disparity in the game went to the home Foresters as the shot and made 23 more free throws than Grace. On the afternoon the Lady Lancers connected on 38-percent from the field while Huntington hit 44-percent.
"It is difficult to win games when the opponents shoot twice as many free throws," said head coach Scott Blum. "We had the lead down to five points a few times but couldn't get over the hump."
Kiera Gray led four Lancers in double figures with 12 points. Kendall Withered and Kayla Skaggs both had 11 and Demetria Eley added 10 points and 10 boards.
Grace will host Goshen College on Wednesday at home with a tip off time of 7:00 p.m. Grace defeated Goshen 72-61 earlier in the season.
Indianapolis, IN - The Grace College women's basketball team traveled to Indianapolis Thursday night for a MCC matchup with the Lady Knights of Marian College but came out on the short end losing 71-61.
A quick start by Grace saw the Lancers up by five, 13-8, over the first 7:48 of the game. Grace was able to maintain a three to five-point lead until the 8:35 mark when the Knights tied the score, 20-20, on a layup by junior Molly Lauck.
The teams traded blows and the Lancers were able to regain the lead, 24-22, with 5:04 to go in the half. However, Marian buried a three-pointer with 4:47 left to give the Knights their first lead of the game at 25-24. Grace would not lead the rest of the way. The Lancers trailed 33-30, into the locker room after shooting 12-38 (38.7-percent) from the field while the Knights connected on 14-34 (41.2-percent) to hold the slight advantage.
Grace came out of the half and scored the first bucket, and then the Knights went on a 4-0 run to take a five-point lead, 37-32, with 17:14 to go. The Lancers cut the lead back to three, but the Knights were able to push it to seven, 41-34, with 15:39 to go. With the score 41-38, the Knights went on a 9-2 run over the next 4:17 to take a 10-point lead, 50-40. The Lancers would not quit as they cut the gap to two, 55-53, on a three-pointer with 5:56 remaining.
An 8-0 Knights' run pushed the lead back to 10, 63-53, with 3:42 to go, but the Lancers would cut it to four, 63-59, with 1:40 remaining. The Knights outscored the Lancers 8-2 over the final 1:40 to pick up the 71-61 victory.
"We were in a great position to win with five minutes to play," said head coach Scott Blum. "We were in the bonus and all we had to do was attack them and get to the free throw line but we only shot two free throws the rest of the game."
On the night the freshman carried the Lancers behind 16 points and 9 rebounds from Kayla Skaggs. Hannah Lengel came off the bench to score 14 points going 2-for-3 from down town in just 21 minutes of play. The Lancers drop to 7-17 on the season and 2-8 in conference play. They will travel to Huntington University on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. tip off with the Lady Foresters.
WINONA LAKE - The Grace College women's basketball team surrendered 44 points in the second half, squandering a five-point halftime lead and losing against Bethel College 62-71.
The Lady Lancers got off to a slow start, plagued by turnovers and missed shots. The Lady Pilots took a 20-14 lead with 5:52 left in the first half, but the Lady Lancers went on an 18-7 run to end the half with a five-point lead.
The run was fueled by Grace's stifling defense, which held the Pilots to 24.2% shooting in the first half. Freshman Kayla Skaggs recorded 11 points before the break. Grace continued the good play after halftime, taking a seven-point lead twice in the second half.
Freshman Hayley Cashier made a shot with 13:32 remaining in the game, giving the Lady Lancers a 46-39 lead. But the Lady Pilots struck back. A 17-3 Bethel run over the course of six minutes left the Lady Lancers in a 49-56 hole with just over seven minutes to go. Grace pulled within four points, but weren't able to bridge the gap.
"We came out and set the tempo in the first half which allowed us to have the lead," said head coach Scott Blum. "The turnovers through hurt us and it is a tough loss after playing so well."
Skaggs led the way for the Lady Lancers with 19 points and five rebounds. Kiera Gray and Hannah Lengel each added 13 points and three assists, while Demetria Eley recorded six points and nine rebounds.
Winona Lake, IN--The Grace College women's basketball team fell behind 5-0 to start the game Monday against St. Francis and could never swing the momentum back their way as they fell in defeat 87-51.
The Lady Cougars connected on seven of their first eight shots for a 17-8 lead just eight minutes into Monday night's contest. From there the Lady Lancers went cold as they missed on thirteen of their next fourteen shot attempts while USF went on a 25-6 run to close the first half. Grace went into the break trailing 42-14.
The second half was not much better as the shot attempts rimmed out for the home team. The Lady Lancers were able to cut ten points off their deficit at 55-32 before the Lady Cougars once again put together a run of 9-2 over the next three minutes of action.
On the night Grace connected on 17 field goals, seven of which were from behind the arc. It was the rebounding game that made the difference in the end as the Lady Cougars out rebounded the Lady Lancers 63-32 on the night.
Sophomore Kiera Gray led the way for Grace with 15 points to go with her four assists and two steals. Freshman Kayla Skaggs added nine points while freshman Andrea Whealy came off the bench to score four points and grab a rebound in seven minutes of action. Junior Demetria Eley was held to just two points on 1-of-7 shooting.
"When you don't make shots or rebound it makes it tough to win," said head coach Scott Blum. "They just started off on fire and we were not able to get good ball movement or good looks in the first half."
Grace will look to regroup with their MCC bye this Wednesday before they are back in action with Bethel College on Saturday. Grace will welcome the #16 Lady Pilots for a 1:00 p.m. showdown in the OCC.
Marion, IN-The Grace College women's basketball team fell behind early in Saturday's contest with Indiana Wesleyan and could not dig out of their half time deficit. The Lady Lancers couldn't find a rhythm as they lost 74-53 on the road.
Kayla Skaggs opened the game with a field goal for Grace as both teams traded baskets for the first five minutes of play. After a Demetria Eley jumper shot to put the Lancers up one, IWU went on a 36-8 run over the next ten minutes to blow open the first half lead.
The Lady Lancers couldn't buy a basket in the first half connecting on 8-of-26 from the field, while the host Wildcats hit on nearly 65-percent of their shot attempts to take a 45-20 lead into the break.
In the second half the Lady Lancers were able to cut into the deficit but not able to get it under twenty points. Grace shot a little better at 40-percent in the half but it was not enough for IWU's 57-percent for the game.
"In the first half we just couldn't contain them from scoring," said head coach Scott Blum. "We got in to too much of a hole and didn't shoot the ball well enough to get back into the game."
Sophomore Kiera Gray led the way with 19 points and junior Demetria Eley added 13 points. Grace falls to 7-14 on the year and 2-5 in MCC play. Grace will play their make-up game with St. Francis on Monday at the OCC starting at 7:00 p.m.
Winona Lake, IN-The Grace College women's basketball team looked to get back in the win column Saturday afternoon against Spring Arbor in Mid-Central College Conference action. Grace battled down the stretch to hold off the Cougars 61-52.
The Lancers got off to a great start and led 25-15 with 9:25 remaining in the first half on a jumper by freshman Kayla Skaggs. The Cougars would chip away behind the shooting of Lyndsey Norman and trailed 37-33 at intermission.
Both teams stepped up their defensive intensity in the second half, for the Lancers were able to limit Lyndsey Norman to only three of her game high twenty points.
The largest lead of the second half was 44-37 by the Lancers at the 11:30 mark. Both teams traded baskets in the final ten minutes of play but it was Grace that pulled away by connecting on 10-of-14 free throws down the stretch.
"This was a great game by our women and they played extremely well," said head coach Scott Blum. "We defended our home court and now we must continue to do that through the rest of conference play."
The Lancers were led by the trio of Kiera Gray, Kayla Skaggs, and Demetria Eley with 10 points each. Gray put a stamp on the end of the game by stealing a pass and finishing with a lay up to end the game at 61-52.
The women's team will be back in action on Tuesday at home against St. Francis starting at 7:00 p.m.
Upland, IN--The Grace College women's basketball team lost to the Taylor Lady Trojans on Wednesday night in a MCC showdown in Upland, Indiana. Grace stormed back from eleven points down in the second half to take a four point led but could not hold on, falling 67-60.
Grace opened the game with a quick 5-2 advantage but the Trojans took a 13-9 lead over the next three minutes of play. Both teams traded mini runs but it was the host Trojans that closed the half on a 14-10 run to take a 35-30 lead into the break.
In the second half the Lady Lancers tied the game at 36-36 before Taylor opened up another big run of 18-7 over the next six minutes of action. Grace was able to mount one final comeback and eventually took a four point lead with just over four minutes to play, but could not put the game away.
On the night Grace shot 38-percent from the field while only connecting on 2-of-9 from three. Demetria Eley and Hayley Cashier both scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the defeat while freshman Kayla Skaggs netted 10 points to go with her 5 rebounds.
"We fought back and put ourselves in a position to win but turnovers hurt us," said Coach Blum. "It just seems to be that common thread between each loss and we just need to find a way to overcome it."
Grace falls to 1-4 in MCC play and 6-13 overall on the season. The ladies will look to rebound with a home game against Spring Arbor on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Goshen, IN--The Grace College women's basketball team got the 2009 season started off right with a road conference victory over the Goshen Maple Leafs 72-61 on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Lancers jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the first ten minutes of play and was able to extend their advantage to fourteen points over the final ten minutes of the first half. The Lady Lancers took a 34-20 lead into the break, holding Goshen to 12-percent shooting from the floor.
In the second half Goshen chipped away at the Grace lead, cutting it to 43-40 with 12:08 remaining. But after a Kate Ball blocked shot the Lady Lancers ripped off nine points to up their lead back to twelve points with 8:43 to play.
Grace was able to maintain their double digit lead over the final six minutes to cruise to their first conference victory of the season.
"We stepped up defensively and were able to maintain our lead at the half," said assistant coach Skip Forbes. "Our freshmen played very well and grew up today and our bench played tough."
For Grace freshman Jamie Westness led the way with 14 points in just 17 minutes of play. Freshmen Kate Ball and Hayley Cashier also had impact games with 17 points and 13 rebounds between them off the bench.
The victory moves the ladies to 6-12 on the season and 1-3 in conference play. Grace is coming off two very competitive games in Florida over break against NCAA Division II teams. The women will be back in action on Tuesday at Taylor University at 7:00 p.m.
Miami, FL--After leading by five in the first half of Wednesday's basketball game, the Grace College Lady Lancers were unable to hold on for the victory, falling 76-70 to Lynn University.
Grace opened the game with confidence and led a majority of the first half behind the play of sophomore Kiera Gray and freshman Kayla Skaggs. The Lady Lancers also had the three ball falling as six different players connected from beyond the arc.
In the second half of play Grace was not able to sustain their scoring as Lynn attacked the basket and got to the free throw line. For the game Lynn shot 19 more free throws than Grace did as both teams only committed 11 turnovers.
"It was a tough loss because we were in position for a majority of the game to win," said head coach Scott Blum. "We had a great first half and shot the ball pretty well but we have to find a way to play an entire 40 minutes."
On the day Grace shot 40.6-percent from the field and 64.2-percent from behind the arc. The Lady Lancers put nine players in the scoring column. Kiera Gray led the way with 16 points and Kayla Skaggs added 10 with Kendall Withered chipping in 9 points.
The loss drops the Lady Lancers to 5-12 on the year and they return to conference play on Saturday at Goshen College.
Miami, FL--The Grace College women's basketball team lost a hard fought battle Tuesday afternoon against Delta State University 55-52 at Lynn University in Miami, Florida. Grace outscored DSU in the second half 25-24 but couldn't overcome a four point halftime deficit.
Grace opened the game basket for basket against a much taller Delta State team. The Lady Lancers were able to maintain a one possession game for most of the first half behind the solid defensive play of Demetria Eley and Hayley Cashier. The Lady Lancers went into the locker room trailing by just four points 31-27.
In the second half Delta State opened up their lead by as many as nine points but the Lady Lancers clawed back to make it a one possession game with just four minutes remaining.
"I thought our ladies played their hearts out today," said head coach Scott Blum. "This was by far the best team we have seen all season and we battled all game long despite giving up three inches at every position. I am extremely pleased with our focus and the direction we are heading."
On the afternoon Grace shot 41-percent from the field and 83-percent from the line. Sophomore Kiera Gray led the way with 14 points and junior Demetria Eley added 13 for Grace. Freshman Hayley Cashier had a solid effort off the bench with 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Grace will play Lynn University Wednesday afternoon at 12;00 p.m.
Fort Wayne, IN--Head Coach Scott Blum said his team just needed to get a victory to relieve the stress and a victory they got Saturday afternoon over IU Northwest 66-48.
Grace opened the contest hitting on all cylinders as they jumped out to an early seven point lead. They were able to maintain their touch, connecting on 15-of-31 shots from the field in the first half for 48-percent shooting. Grace led 36-23 at the break.
In the second half of play, the Lady Lancers played with composure and controlled the tempo of the game as IUNW was never able to cut the lead any closer than nine points. For the game Grace shot 41-percent while collecting 16 offensive rebounds, led by freshman Hayley Cashier who grabbed 6 of her game high 10 rebounds at the offensive end.
On the night Grace put four players in double figures, led by Kiera Gray with 15 points as she was also named to the All-Tourney Team. Cashier added 13 points to go with her 10 rebounds as Kayla Skaggs and Demetria Eley chipped in 12 points and 10 points respectively.
"Today we just let the game come to us," said head coach Scott Blum. "I thought our shot selection was good and we played well together."
Grace will take a little time off before heading to Florida to play Delta State and Lynn University at the end of the month.
Fort Wayne, IN--The Grace College women's basketball team lost to Indiana Tech Friday night in the second game of the Sport One Tourney 67-56. Grace was able to contain the Lady Warriors defensively, holding them to 36-percent shooting but could not get things going offensively. The Lady Lancers shot only 26-percent from the field for the game.
Grace scored the first two points of the game with two Demetria Eley free throws as Tech answered with the next ten points for a quick 10-2 lead. Eley scored another basket cutting the lead to six but the Lady Warriors used a 12-2 run to extend the margin to 22-6 with 10:27 to play in the first half. The Lady Lancers were able to trim the lead down to 11 points at 31-20 at the break behind 8 points from Demetria Eley and Hayley Cashier.
Grace scored quickly in their first few possessions coming out of the half but Tech was able t0 built their advantage back into double digits just five minutes in. Grace clawed back within five points at 53-48 with 5:55 to play but could not hold on. Tech scored the next twelve points to push the deficit back to 17 points.
"It is tough when you don't shoot a high percentage and don't get quality shots," said head coach Scott Blum. "We are young and inexperienced and our youth showed tonight."
On the night for Grace, Demetria Eley and Kayla Skaggs both dropped in 10 points as freshman Hayley Cashier led the way in rebounding with 11. Sophomore Kiera Gray led all scorers with 16 points.
The loss drops the women to 4-10 on the season and they will look to bounce back Saturday afternoon against IU Northwest at 1:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids, MI- After trailing the #14 team in the nation by only three points at the break, the Grace College women's team couldn't mount a push to take control of the game, falling 95-70 to Aquinas College.
Early in the contest both teams traded blows as Grace matched the Saints basket for basket. In the first half the Lady Lancers connected on 14 of 26 field goals for 54-percent from the floor as the host Saints tallied 16 of 37 for 43-percent. Both teams had the deep balls falling as Grace drilled five three pointers and Aquinas with six.
At the break the Lancer deficit was only three at 46-43. The second stanza started off similar to the first before the Saints extended their advantage to double digits with 14:00 minutes to go. Then the home team caught fire as they connected on 60-percent of their field goals and connecting on five more three pointers.
On the night the Lady Lancers were unable to control the paint as Aquinas outscored Grace 40-10 in the lane and 32-15 in points off turnovers.
Grace was led by sophomore Kiera Gray once again with 19 points as freshmen Kayla Skaggs and Kendall Withered added 11 points and 9 points respectively. Junior Demetria Eley was back in double figures with 11 points and 4 rebounds on the night.
Grace will head to Indiana Tech this weekend as they play in the Sport One Tourney, opening with Indiana Tech on Friday night at 8:00 p.m.
WINONA LAKE - The Grace College women's basketball team lost to #6 Huntington University on Saturday 63-74. The Lady Lancers (4-8; 0-3 MCC) had a strong first half performance, leading by one at halftime after trailing by as much as nine. There were also six lead changes in the first half.
Midway through the second half, Huntington went on a 19-9 run and never looked back. The Lady Foresters (9-1; 1-1 MCC) led by as much as 13, and held a double-digit lead for the majority of the remaining nine minutes of the game.
Sophomore Kiera Gray paced the Lady Lancers in scoring, with 20 points on 9 of 14 shooting. Freshman Kendall Withered had 10 points-all on free throws-to go along with 6 assists, and Demetria Eley scored 10 points on 6 shots from the field.
The Lady Lancers are back in action at Aquinas University on Dec. 10 at 6 pm.
Winona Lake, IN- Wednesday night's contest with the Marian Lady Knights was an all too familiar sight for the Grace College Lady Lancers. Grace overcame a double digit deficit in the second half to take lead late in the game, only to have it slip away in the closing minutes. The Knights escaped the OCC with a 79-74 overtime victory.
Both teams came out of the blocks trading basket for basket as there were five ties and six lead changes in the first 12 minutes of play. The Lady Knights opened up an eleven point lead just before the break but the Lancer's Hannah Lengel connected on a 28 footer at the horn to cut the Marian advantage to 42-34 at the break.
In the second period Grace whittled away the Marian lead behind the play of sophomore Kiera Gray, who scored six of her game high 23 points in three straight possessions.
Trailing by two points (68-66), Gray tied the game with a 15 foot jumper with just 1:09 to play. The Lady Lancers made a defensive stand, stopping four Marian shot attempts to send the game into overtime.
"I thought once we went into overtime we would take control of the game," said head coach Scott Blum. "The momentum was in our favor but we didn't take advantage of it."
The Lady Knights outscored Grace 11-5 in the extra period as the Lancers final scoring attempt was stolen with just :07 left. Kiera Gray led all scorers with 23 points and Demetria Eley and Hayley Cashier added 10 points each.
Grace welcomes Huntington University to the OCC on Saturday for another MCC matchup.
Indianapolis, IN- The Grace College women's basketball team traveled to Indianapolis Friday night for a matchup with NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis. The Greyhounds, Jessica Canary notched her second double-double of the year to help defeat the visiting Lady Lancers 89-50.
The Greyhounds scored the game's first six points, all in the paint but the Lady Lancers answered with a 6-0 run of their own to account for the only tie of the night. The Greyhound advantage touched 18 points in the first half before the score read 39-25 at the break.
Grace struggle all night shooting the ball as they did not connect from behind the arc going 0-for-11 and only 37-percent from the floor for the game.
"It makes it tough when you don't knock shots down," said women's head coach Scott Blum.
In the second half things didn't get much easier for Grace as the Hounds shot a scorching 71.4% (20-28) to score 50 points in the final twenty minutes.
Kiera Gray led Grace in scoring with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting while freshman Hayley Cashier chipped in 10 points on the night. The Lady Lancers will look to rebound today as they face off with Southern Indiana at 5:00 p.m.
Mishawaka, IN--In the opener of the Mid-Central College Conference schedule, the Bethel College women's basketball team defeated the Grace College Lady Lancers 62-51, Tuesday night at the Wiekamp Center.
Although the Lady Lancer's leading scorer Demetria Eley was held to single digits with eight points, Grace was able to keep the contest close in the first half. The Lady Lancers trailed 31-29 at the break despite shooting just 31-percent from the floor.
The Lady Pilots jumped out early in the second half of play to take a commanding lead as Grace chipped away, keeping the lead in single digits. In the end, Grace's poor shooting efforts were too much to overcome as they connected on only 32-percent from the field for the game along with 28 turnovers.
"We just had way too many poor decisions tonight with the basketball," said head coach Scott Blum. "We can't go on the road and turn the ball over 28 times and expect to come away with a win. We have some things we will fix but we just need to knock down some shots."
On the night freshman Kayla Skaggs led the way with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Kiera Gray had her second great game in a row with a 15 point effort and freshman Jamie Westness grabbed six rebounds in just 16 minutes of play.
Grace drops to 4-4 on the season and 0-1 in MCC play. They will return to action this Friday and Saturday at the University of Indianapolis for a two game classic tournament.
Lima, OH--The Grace College women's basketball team battled at the University of Northwestern Ohio and Saturday afternoon in a 61-59 loss. Both teams did not shoot well on the day with the Lancers connecting on just 35-percent from the field at 21-60 and UNO hitting 17-50 for just 34-percent shooting on the day.
In the first half both teams traded baskets and the Lady Lancers were able to keep the contest within reach with a half time tie at 32-32, despite the poor shooting and foul trouble.
The second half action was very similar to the first half as each team took a lead, but the largest lead was 3 by UNO. There were 12 ties in the game, and the 12th came at the 2:38 mark left in the game.
With key players in foul trouble the Lady Lancers were unable to get critical stops in the final minutes of the game. Down the stretch Grace held a three point lead but was unable to hold the Lady Racers from converting at the other end of the floor. Grace missed two shots in their next two possessions as UNO took a two point lead with just six seconds remaining.
The Lady Lancers had one last shot at an equalizer, but the shot came up short and the Lady Racers escaped with the victory.
"It was a disappointing loss," said head coach Scott Blum. "Our girls felt like this was a winnable game that slipped away."
Sophomore Kiera Gray led the way with a 26 point effort on 9 of 20 shooting. The Lady Lancers will open their conference season Tuesday on the road at Bethel College.
Whiting, IN--The Grace College women's basketball team collected their fourth win of the season as they defeated Calumet College of St. Joe Wednesday night 67-36.
The Lady Lancers earned the victory with pressure defense and solid shooting, holding a 44-16 advantage at the break. On the night Grace shot 46-percent from the floor while connecting on 6-of-10 from behind the three point arc.
Junior Demetria Eley and sophomore Kiera Gray led the way for Grace with 14 points and 11 points respectively. A number of the Lady Lancers scored while playing a big role on the defensive end of the floor.
"Tonight our pressure really gave them problems," said head coach Scott Blum "We were able to turn their mistakes into points and we stayed aggressive which was nice to see."
The Lady Lancers will head to Northwestern Ohio on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. start for their next game.
Winona Lake, IN - The Grace College women's basketball team caught fire Saturday afternoon against Concordia University, using a 15-0 run midway through the first half to cruise to an 84-62 victory.
After trailing 21-22 at the 8:00 mark in the first half, the Lady Lancers scored 15 straight points, led by seven points from Kiera Gray. At halftime, Grace was leading 43-27 and Concordia never drew close throughout the remainder of the game.
The Lady Lancers shot exceptionally well from beyond the arc. They nailed 5 of 8 in the first half, and 4 of 5 in the second, resulting in an astounding 69.2% for the game.Kayla Skaggs, Hannah Lengel, Kendall Withered, and Jamie Westness each knocked down 2 three-pointers apiece.
Grace's offense was calm and collective throughout the entire game, committing only 15 turnovers. Their defense forced 20 Cardinal turnovers, and Demetria Eley and Kendall Withered each had four steals. Freshman Kate Ball had three.
The Lady Lancers' depth and well-roundedness stood out Saturday, as nearly five players scored in double digits. Kiera Gray led the Lancers with 20 points and Kayla Skaggs finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Demetria Eley pitched in 12 points, Hannah Lengel had nine, and Kendall Withered finished with eight.
The women's basketball team is back in action on Nov. 19 at Calumet College of St. Joseph, the first of five consecutive road games for the Lady Lancers. They return home on Dec. 3 to play their first conference game against Marian College.
Winona Lake, IN - The Grace College women's basketball team lost to #15 Davenport University 63-76 on Friday night in the Grace Classic.
After a rough first half, consisting of 12 turnovers and several missed lay-ups, the Lady Lancers (2-2) entered the second half down by 18 points (40-22).
They struggled early in the second half, and the deficit increased to 27 points. Then the Lady Lancers came alive.
Fueled by their defense, they cut the lead to 11 points with eight minutes left in the game. The Lady Lancers forced 34 turnovers overall, including 21 in the second half. The Lady Panthers (3-0) never let the lead go below 11 and pulled out the 13-point victory.
Freshman Kendall Withered led all scorers with 18 points, hitting 6-of-12 shots from the field. Forward Kayla Skaggs was a rebound shy of a double-double, with 12 points and nine rebounds. Center Demteria Eley ha d nine points, five rebounds, and five steals.
The Lady Lancers play Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Orthopaedic Capital Center.
Winona Lake, IN--The Grace College Lady Lancers used the entire 40 minutes Tuesday night to earn their second win of the season with a 67-65 victory over Siena Heights.
Both teams traded baskets to open the game with the Lancers taking a slight edge at 5-3. Siena Heights then went on an 18-6 run over the next seven minutes to hold a 21-11 advantage with 9:00 remaining in the first half. Sophomore Kiera Gray scored 8 of her team high 17 points in the final six minutes of the half to bring the Lancers back to a 30-30 tie at the break.
In the second period the Saints picked up the pressure at both ends of the court, forcing the Lady Lancers into turnover and missed scoring opportunities. SHU opened up a 16 point lead at 50-34 with 13:28 left in the contest. Freshmen Hannah Lengel then caught fire as she brought Grace back into the game by scoring all of her 11 points in the final ten minutes of the game. During that stretch Lengel went 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
After cutting the Saints lead to two points at 58-56, junior Demetria Eley put the Lady Lancers in front for the first time in the second half with an and-one bucket. Siena Heights tied the score once more before sophomore Kiera Gray put the nail in the coffin with a deep three pointer to push the lead back to 64-61. Siena Heights was unable to regain momentum as the Lady Lancers pick up their second win of the season.
On the night, Kiera Gray led Grace with 17 points and freshman Kayla Skaggs recorded a double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Lancers held SHU to 37.9-percent shooting on the night, forcing the Saints into 19 turnovers.
"It is a big win because they beat us twice last season," said head coach Scott Blum. "We were able to fight back from 16 down with mainly freshmen and sophomores."
Grace will be back in the OCC on Friday and Saturday as they welcome Davenport University and Concordia University.
Winona Lake, IN--The Grace College Lady Lancers got off on the right foot Friday night in their 69-54 victory over Trinity International.
Grace jumped out to an 11-5 lead behind junior forward Demetria Eley, who led all Lancers with 14 points. Trinity cut the lead with full court pressure forcing the Lancers into three straight turnovers and cutting the lead to 14-12.
Grace responded though with a 13-4 run over the next six minutes to open up the game at 27-16 and ride the momentum into half up 16 points at 38-22. In the first half Grace shot 45.5-percent (15-33) while holding Trinity to 35.7-percent (10-28). Both teams were even in turnovers with 11 with Grace controlling the boards at 23-14.
In the first five minutes of the second half the Lady Lancer lead had grown to 21 points at 45-24, but TIU once again picked up their line of pressure forcing Grace into turnovers. Trinity was able to knock off eight points over a two minute period to close the gap to 45-13.
Both teams traded baskets for the remainder of the game with Trinity never getting any closer than 10 points. The Lady Lancers finished the game with a 9-4 run in the final three minutes.
"I thought our girls did a good job of not letting the game get too big," said head coach Scott Blum. "Even though we had some turnovers we still were able to play through them and make some plays."
The Lady Lancers put four players in double figures behind Eley with 14 points, sophomore Kiera Gray added 12 points, and freshmen Kendall Withered and Hayley Cashier both chipped in 10 points.
The victory moves Grace to 1-1 on the season as they return to action on Tuesday against Siena Heights at home in the OCC at 5:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids, MI--The Grace women's basketball team fell in their opening game of the season at #6 Cornerstone University 84-65. The Lady Lancers trailed by nine at the half 39-30 and kept the contest close throughout the second half.
Cornerstone was too much taking the contest by 19 points. For Grace junior Demetria Eley led the way with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Grace shot 42.1-percent for the game but committed 22 turnovers on the day.
Grace will play at home on Friday against Trinity International at 5:00 p.m.