DUBUQUE, IOWA: The Grace University Royals traveled to Dubuque, Iowa, to play the Emmaus Bible College Eagles on Friday, December 1. After being up by 4 29-25 at halftime, the Royals fell in the second half 58-78.
After scoring the first bucket of the game off a jump shot from Darielle Evans, the Royals allowed the Eagles to go on a 10-1 run and were down 3-10 halfway through the first quarter. In the next five minutes, the Royals worked hard to catch up; they tied the score at 15 with thirty seconds left in the quarter. A last-second jumper from the Eagles gave them a 2-point advantage going into the second quarter. The Royals tied the game at 17 with free throws from Jasmine White, but the Eagles gained as much as a 6-point lead at 17-23 with seven minutes in the half. The Royals stayed just behind the Eagles until the last two minutes of the half, when two free throws from Tschida Johnson put the Royals up 26-25. A 3-pointer from Darielle Evans in the last minute sealed the Royals' 4-point lead at 29-25 going into halftime.
In the second half, the Royals built their lead up to 7 points at 36-29 with a 3-pointer from Karen Orozco. They managed to hang on to their lead for the first four minutes of the quarter until the Eagles pulled ahead at 37-38; the Eagles continued their run and built their lead up to 11 points at 39-50 with two minutes left in the third quarter. At the end of the third quarter, the Royals were only down 7 at 46-53. The Eagles continued to build up their lead in the fourth quarter as the Royals struggled to score; with six minutes left in the game, the Eagles led by 16 at 48-64. With two minutes left to play, the Eagles led 54-74. The final score was 58-78.
The Royals shot 29.6% from the field (21 of 71), 15.4% from the 3-point line (4 of 26), and 60% from the free throw line (12 of 20) while the Eagles shot 43.8% from the field (28 of 64), 34.8% from the 3-point line (8 of 23), and 66.7% (14 of 21) from the free throw line. The Royals had 41 rebounds, 19 assists, and 9 steals, while the Eagles had 53 rebounds, 21 assists, and 10 steals. Grace had 8 points off turnovers, 9 2nd chance points, 13 bench points, and 26 points in the paint, while Emmaus had 13 points off turnovers, 20 2nd chance points, 16 bench points, and 26 points in the paint.
Four of the Royals scored in double digits, led by Darielle Evans with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tschida Johnson contributed 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Karen Orozco had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Jasmine White also contributed 10 points. Marisa Brown had 7 points and 8 rebounds; Alyssa Strickland had 7 assists.
Emmaus' highest contributors were Madison Laib with 24 points and 12 rebounds, Tiffany Williams with 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Marissa Kerttula with 12 points.
UP NEXT: The Royals will travel to Lincoln, Illinois, to play the Lincoln Christian College Red Lions on Saturday, December 2, starting at 2 p.m.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff