Women’s Basketball: Grace Loses to Sterling College Knights 59-80

Pictured: Karen Orozco contributed 13 points and 5 steals in the matchup against Sterling College.
Pictured: Karen Orozco contributed 13 points and 5 steals in the matchup against Sterling College.

OMAHA, NEBRASKA: The Grace University Royals hosted the Sterling College Knights on Friday, December 15, for their last game of the semester.  After being down 45-25 at halftime, the Royals ultimately fell 59-80 to the Knights, dropping their record to 7-9. 

The Royals gained a small lead in the first two minutes of the game at 6-5, but the Knights responded with a 13-0 run to bring the score to 18-6 with just under 3 minutes left in the quarter.  The Royals went into the second quarter down 11-22, and the Knights continued to pull away, increasing their lead to 17 points with four and a half minutes left in the half.  By halftime, the Royals were down 25-45. 

In the second half, the Knights built up their lead, gaining a 25-point lead at 31-56 with five and a half minutes left in the third quarter.  With three minutes left in the quarter, the Knights were up by 22 at 39-61; the Royals trimmed the Knights' lead down to 14 points at 47-61 with just over a minute left in the third quarter.  By the start of the fourth quarter, the score was 49-64.  The Royals were unable to overcome the deficit created in the first half, however, as the Knights slowly rebuilt their lead.  The Royals lost the game 59-80. 

The Royals shot 32.9% from the field (23 of 70), 32.1% from the 3-point line (9 of 28), and 80% from the free throw line (4 of 5).  The Knights shot 56.1% from the field (32 of 57), 54.5% from the 3-point line (6 of 11), and 76.9% from the free throw line (10 of 13).  The Royals had 23 points off turnovers, 10 second-chance points, and 15 bench points, while the Knights had 17 points off turnovers, 10 second-chance points, and 29 bench points.  The Royals had 14 assists and 15 steals to the Knights' 19 assists and 13 steals.  The Royals grabbed 28 total rebounds, 9 offensive and 19 defensive, and the Knights grabbed 46 rebounds, 9 offensive and 37 defensive. 

Darielle Evans and Karen Orozco led the Royals in scoring with 13 points each.  Evans also had 5 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists, while Orozco had 5 steals.  Tschida Johnson and Marisa Brown each contributed 9 points, and Brown also grabbed 10 rebounds. 

The Knights' highest scorer was Jordin Greer with 15 points, followed by Kylah Comely with 12 points and Alexis Theus with 10 points. 

Darielle Evans ranks 1st in the NCCAA Division 1 for steals with 3.9 per game and 15th for scoring with 16.1 points per game.  Marisa Brown ranks 11th for rebounds with 8.8 per game, and Alyssa Strickland ranks 8th for assists with 4.5 per game. 

UP NEXT: The Royals will host #4 College of the Ozarks on Saturday, January 6, starting at 2 p.m.

By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff