|Feb. 11, 2017|
|Montreat (N.C.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#15 Arianna Williams - 19||Points||#34 Amber Levi - 25|
|2 Players (#4,#34) - 7||Rebounds||2 Players (#13,#44) - 7|
|2 Players (#4,#21) - 3||Assists||#00 Tristan McClellan - 3|
|Montreat (N.C.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|45.3% (24 - 53)||Field Goals %||44.4% (24 - 54)|
|31.6% (6 - 19)||3 Point Field Goals %||10% (1 - 10)|
|53.3% (8 - 15)||Free Throws||85.3% (29 - 34)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||10|
Dayton, Tenn. – The Montreat College Cavaliers (N.C.) managed to pull off a 70-65 victory last month when they hosted the Bryan Lions Women's Basketball team in Appalachian Athletic Conference action, but there was no stopping the Lions in their second meeting with the Cavaliers which took place Saturday afternoon in Summers Gymnasium on the campus of Bryan College. On the way to their 11th conference win this season, Bryan outrebounded Montreat 32-20 and turned the ball over only 14 times compared to their 22. It was a close shooting performance by both sides as the Cavaliers had the narrow edge at 45.3 percent to the Lion's 44.4 percent. Montreat fell behind early and trailed by as much as 18 points in the opening half, primarily due to early foul trouble that allowed the Lions to go 10-of-10 at the foul line. The contact continued in the second half while Bryan's shooting improved to nearly 48 percent, making for a difficult situation for Montreat. 19 more free throws in the second half and a 19-10 third quarter aided Bryan in their 78-62 win. The Lions raise their overall record to 13-13 and AAC record to 11-9, while dropping Montreat to 9-14 overall and 6-13 in conference play.
Amber Levi (SO/Dayton, Tenn.) continued her dominating sophomore year as she notched another 20-point performance for the Lions while collecting a team-high 25 points on 6-of-14 shooting for the game. Her most notable feat was a remarkable 13-of-13 effort at the foul line. Maebry McNeese (JR/Nashville, Tenn.) followed with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, 4-of-4 on free throws, and matched Megan Billingsby (SR/Dickson, Tenn.) as the leader in rebounds with seven apiece. Erisha Talley (SR/Alexandria, Va.) had an all-around day as she finished 4-of-8 for 10 points, pulled down six boards, and handed out two assists. Billingsby ended with eight points and Katie Wolfe (FR/Maryville, Tenn.) aided with six points. Kaylee Smith (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) produced five points, Tonesha Allison (SO/Shelbyville, Tenn.) and Tristan McClellan (FR/Byrdstown, Tenn.) tallied four points each, and Keniesha Love sank a lone free throw.
Talley drained a jumper to begin the game, putting the Lions on the board first. The Cavaliers countered with back-to-back buckets for their only lead of the game at 4-2. Levi found Allison on the next possession as Bryan leveled the scored 4-4. Levi set the tone as she swiped a steal and capitalized on the other end to put the Lions ahead 6-4, never looking back for the duration of the contest. Montreat was hoping to make it a one-possession game at the end of the first quarter, but Levi came through with a key steal that led to a make by McNeese. The last-second basket gave Bryan an 18-11 advantage as the opening period came to a close.
A quick two-point basket, a trey, followed by another bucket from inside by the Cavaliers was all they could piece together through the first seven minutes of the second quarter. Bryan led 22-18 at 6:48 and rallied for a 14-0 run, going ahead by 18 with three minutes remaining in the first half. Montreat answered with 10 unanswered points to end the opening half, slimming the margin back down to eight, 36-28.
The Lions took to the court as the second half got underway and battled to keep a double-digit lead through most of the third quarter. Bryan had a 46-37 advantage midway through the period and created even more separation with a 9-1 run, taking a 55-38 edge into the fourth quarter.
The final period was Montreat's only positive quarter, but it was also high scoring from both teams at 24-23. The early hole the Cavaliers fell into proved too deep as the Lions held on for a 78-62 final.
After upsetting fellow AAC foe Milligan College (Tenn.) when they were ranked earlier in the season, the Buffaloes will get a rematch with the Lions on the road this week when Bryan travels there on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with tipoff slated for 5:30pm. The Lions then return home on Saturday, Feb. 18, for their final home game of the season versus conference opponent Truett-McConnell College (Ga.) at 2pm.