|Truett McConnell (Ga.)||15||12||12||18||57|
|Feb. 18, 2017|
|Truett McConnell (Ga.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#23 Quinlan Hughes - 12||Points||#44 Megan Billingsby - 21|
|#23 Quinlan Hughes - 7||Rebounds||#44 Megan Billingsby - 10|
|#5 Ashleigh Stanley - 3||Assists||2 Players (#33,#42,#21) - 2|
|Truett McConnell (Ga.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|45.1% (23 - 51)||Field Goals %||50% (32 - 64)|
|25% (3 - 12)||3 Point Field Goals %||50% (12 - 24)|
|72.7% (8 - 11)||Free Throws||50% (9 - 18)|
|10||2nd Chance Pts||16|
Dayton, Tenn. – In their final game of the regular-season, the Bryan College Lions Women's Basketball overwhelmed the Bears of Truett-McConnell University (Ga.) in their second meeting of the year with an 85-57 final. Last month when the two teams faced-off, the Bears managed to hold the Lions to only 48 points while dropping 58 for the win. In her last game in Summers Gymnasium, senior Megan Billingsby (SR/Dickson, Tenn.) kept Truett-McConnell at bay while leading Bryan with a season-high 21 points and also tallied 10 rebounds to complete the double-double. She was 9-of-12 shooting in the game and a perfect 2-of-2 behind the arc. She also tallied a pair of assists and steals. Amber Levi (SO/Dayton, Tenn.) registered the other large portion of points for the Lions as she connected on 7-of-17 from the floor, 5-of-11 from three-point territory, for 20 total points. She trailed Billingsby with six boards. Billingsby has made a significant mark in Bryan program history with a career 1,453 points, 894 rebounds, and 51.7 percent average shooting percentage.
The next highest scorer for the Lions was Maebry McNeese (JR/Nashville, Tenn.) with nine points and four rebounds. Erisha Talley (SR/Alexandria, Va.), Tonesha Allison (SO/Shelbyville, Tenn.), and Kaylee Smith (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) each chipped in six points, respectively, while Talley corralled three misses and Allison matched Keneisha Love (FR/Pulaski, Tenn.) for a team-leading four assists. Tristan McClellan (FR/Byrdstown, Tenn.) collected five points, Brandi Whitted (SR/Cleveland, Tenn.) registered four points, Love and Jacqueline Ellis (FR/Dresden, Tenn.) had three points apiece, and Ashli Chew (FR/Smithville, Tenn.) rounded out the scoring with a lone bucket for two points.
The Lions completely controlled the game as they held their turnovers to 15 and forced the Bears into 23 turnovers. 14 of Bryan's 37 total rebounds were on the offensive end, while Truett-McConnell had a mere five offensive rebounds in their 25 total boards. The Lions shot 50 percent for the game and also did from deep, bettering the Bear's 45.1 percent from the floor and 25 percent from the three-point line.
Bryan went 10-of-17 behind the arc in the first half, which helped them outscore Truett-McConnell by double-digits in both the first and second quarters for a 50-27 halftime score. The Lions were slowed down in the third, but they still added five points to the difference. In the last period, the Bears kept pace with the Lions but it was too late as each team posted 18 points as Bryan captured the victory.
Truett-McConnell had their only lead of the contest at 9-8, but it was short-lived as Allison found Billingsby to put Bryan on top. The Lions continued with five unanswered points and never looked back as they carried a 28-15 advantage into the second period. Ahead 38-20 at the midway point in the second quarter, Bryan rallied for a 10-0 run that grew the deficit to 28 points. Truett-McConnell couldn't slim the margin to less than 20 points for the rest of the game as Bryan edged their way out in front by as much as 32 points.
The win improved the Lion's overall record to 14-14 and conference record to 12-10 for the No. 6 spot in the Appalachian Athletic Conference standings. The Bears dropped to 15-15 overall and 11-11 in conference action to finish right behind Bryan at No. 7.
Up next for the Lions is the AAC Tournament, which is slated for Feb. 22-25 and takes place at the Meadowview Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.