OMAHA, NEBRASKA: The Grace University women's basketball team traveled across Omaha to play the College of St. Mary Flames on Friday, January 19. After getting off to a slow start, the Royals were down 17-47 at halftime and eventually lost the matchup 46-89. The Flames are now 3-18 this season, while the Royals are 10-11.
The Royals initially gained a 5-3 lead in the first two minutes of the game, but they struggled to score the rest of the quarter. The Flames built up a 6-23 lead by the end of the first quarter. Halfway through the second quarter, the Royals were down 9-34. With two minutes left in the first half, the score was 9-40; the Royals rallied to put another 8 points on the board before halftime to bring the score to 17-47.
The Royals played the Flames evenly for most of the third quarter, keeping the Flames' lead to 30 points until the very end of the quarter. Back-to-back buckets from the Flames built their lead up to 35 points at 31-66 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Flames continued to build up their lead, gaining a 36-77 advantage with five minutes left in the game. The Royals lost the game 46-89.
The Royals shot 27.8% from the field (15 of 54), 22.2% from beyond the arc (6 of 27), and 71.4% from the free throw line (10 of 14). The Flames shot 42.3% from the field (33 of 78), 46.7% from beyond the arc (14 of 30), and 75% from the free throw line (9 of 12). The Royals had 30 rebounds, 8 assists, and 6 steals, while the Flames had 45 rebounds, 20 assists, and 12 steals.
Karen Orozco contributed 11 points. Marisa Brown had 8 points and 7 rebounds, while Tschida Johnson had 7 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. Alyssa Strickland also had 8 points, and Darielle Evans had 7 points.
Four of the Flames scored in double digits: Tyler Sumpter had 24 points and Trista Merrival had 14 points. Lynsey Curran and Keona Cadore each contributed 12 points.
UP NEXT: The Royals will host the Emmaus Bible College Eagles on Saturday, January 20, starting at 2 p.m., for their second matchup of the season.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff