BELLEVUE, NEBRASKA: The Royals made the short trip to Bellevue, Nebraska, to play the Bellevue University Bruins on Wednesday, November 15. The Royals struggled throughout the game and lost to the Bruins 58-80.
The Royals allowed the Bruins to gain an early 9-0 lead in the first minute and a half with three consecutive 3-pointers. After being down 2-12 with seven minutes left in the quarter, the Royals went on an 11-3 run to come within two points of the Bruins at 13-15 with 3 and a half minutes left in the first quarter, but the Bruins responded with an 11-0 run of their own to bring the score to 13-26 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Royals cut the Bruins' lead down to nine points at 21-30 with six and a half minutes left; the Bruins gained their largest lead of the quarter, 16 points, at 27-43 with just over a minute left in the half. At halftime, the Bruins led 29-45.
In the second half, the Royals cut the Bruins' lead down as little as 37-50 within four minutes; with four minutes left, the Royals were only down 11 at 43-54. In the last two minutes of the quarter, the Bruins went on an 8-0 run to bring the score to 43-62. In the fourth quarter, the Bruins reached their highest lead of 25 points at 47-72 with 4 minutes left in the game; Grace came within 21 of the Bruins at 51-72 with just over 2 minutes left; by the end of the game, the Royals were down 58-80.
The Royals shot 33.3% from the field (21 of 63) and 30.8% from the 3-point line (4 of 13) while the Bruins shot 40.9% from the field (27 of 66) and 31.0% from the 3-point line (9 of 29). Grace shot 80% from the free throw line (12 of 15) while Bellevue shot 85% from the free throw line (17 of 20). The Royals had 41 rebounds to Bellevue's 42. Grace had 16 second-chance points, 32 points in the paint, and 21 bench points, while Bellevue had 12 second-chance points, 34 points in the paint, and 23 bench points.
Four of the Royals scored in double digits, led by Karen Orozco with 13 points. Marisa Brown contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds; Majesty Pelletier scored a career-high 10 points, had a game-high 4 assists, and grabbed 6 rebounds. Darielle Evans also had 10 points. Bellevue's highest scorers were Ryleigh McCartney with 19 points and Caletria Curtis with 14 points.
UP NEXT: The Royals will play in exhibition games on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, against Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines. Their next home game with be Tuesday, November 21, against Avila University starting at 5 p.m. It will be live-streamed on the Royals' YouTube channel, GraceRoyals.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff