Grace falls flat in fourth quarter
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s basketball team could not complete a fourth-quarter comeback, falling 79-59 to No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday.
The Lady Lancers (11-14, 2-13 Crossroads League) were within range until the last quarter, but a cold start to the fourth period doomed Grace’s chances.
Kyannah Stull was brilliant offensively despite the loss, scoring 20 points with three assists and no turnovers.
The Wildcats count not miss to start the game. IWU made five 3-pointers in the opening five minutes, jumping ahead for a commanding 19-5 lead.
Grace was undaunted and kept pace with the Wildcats. IWU still owned a 31-20 lead at the end of the period after making seven 3s in the first quarter. The Lady Lancers, on the other hand, made just three field goals.
Grace did battle its way to the free throw line, making 14 of 15 from the charity stripe in the quarter.
Grace’s shot began to find its mark in the second quarter. Kamryn Hostetler, Stull and Kaylie Warble each hit a triple in the period.
A pair of late free throws from Kenzie McMahon brought Grace to within eight; the Lady Lancers went into halftime in striking distance, trailing 47-37.
Grace shot 43 percent from the floor compared to 53 percent for IWU. The Wildcats made 50 percent of their treys (11 of 22) and assisted on 16 of their 17 made shots. Stull’s eight points were a team-high at the break.
The Lady Lancers did their best to rally in the third quarter, but IWU refused to surrender its lead. Stull converted a tough, driving and-1 late in the third quarter which bridged the gap to 58-49.
A minute into the fourth quarter, Hostetler sank two foul shots to bring Grace within eight at 61-53.
Unfortunately for Grace, the team found an untimely moment to have a scoring drought. The Lady Lancers did not score again for the next 5:03. Overall, Grace missed its first 10 field goals of the fourth quarter.
Stull scored in the paint with 3:49 remaining for Grace’s first field goal of the fourth quarter, but by that time Grace already trailed by 18. The Wildcats pulled away for the final margin of victory.
Stull was the only player for Grace to score in double figures. Warble and Kaylee Patton each finished with nine points and six rebounds, and McMahon had six points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds.
Hostetler tallied nine points and two assists, and Maddie Ryman scored six.
For the game Grace shot 31 percent from the field and 19 percent from 3. IWU made 51 percent of its shots and 44 percent from beyond the arc.
Grace impressed from the charity stripe, hitting 25 of 26 (96 percent) of its free throws.
Saturday’s contest was also Senior Day to honor the graduating class of Stull, Hostetler, Warble and Melissa Goss.
The Lady Lancers’ next scheduled game is Feb. 17 at home against Spring Arbor.