Three Trinity Baptist College players scored in double-digits as Trinity took on Mid-Atlantic Christian University in the semifinal of the 2018 Women’s Bible College NIT. The Eagles battled back from a 17-point halftime deficit to pull close, but MACU held on for the win 68-56.
Diamond Alford and Shaina Hill had a dozen points each, and Destiny Green scored 11. Hill hit all 12 points in the second half and was instrumental in the Eagles’ comeback effort. She hit four field goals and 4 of 6 free throws during the second-half run.
Alford scored 7 of her 12 in the third quarter in aiding the Eagles to come back from down 17 to pull to within six. Green, meanwhile, did not let four personal fouls stop her from playing hard on both sides of the court. Green scored seven second-half points while also blocking six Mustang shots.
Faith DeVaughn stepped up when called upon in the second half and responded with six points. Natalia Lopez hit all nine of hers in Periods 3 and 4 as well, and Meagan Gooden contributed five points in the Eagles’ effort.
A low-scoring first half saw MACU leading 8-4 after one period and 22-10 at the half. Trinity scored 22 in the third quarter alone and outscored the Mustangs 24-19 in the fourth. MACU opened up a 17-point lead in the third, and the Eagles got as close as six before the Mustangs held off the final attack.
Tierra Lester led the court with 21 points, and Cierra Cook followed with 17. Talethia Alexander connected on five three-point shots to account for all 15 of her points, and Aleah McNeal added seven. Amanda Lemons and Alexis Harris each finished with four.
Trinity will play Appalachian Bible College in the NIT consolation game Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. EST. It is the Lady Eagles’ final game of the season and the final college game for senior Meagan Gooden, who gets a chance to end her career with a win on her home court.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC