Ladies Advance to NCCAA Final Four
No. 4 Arlington Baptist College 86, No. 5, Lancaster Bible College 82
JOPLIN, Mo. — With the shot clock winding down under five seconds, clinging to a two-point lead, 79-77, and under 30 seconds left in the game, Morgan Hale got the ball in the spot where she wanted it.
Hale, a 5-foot-6 sophomore guard from Aransas Pass, Texas, drained her sixth 3-pointer with :22 seconds left to open a five-point cushion to help lift No. 4-seed Arlington Baptist College to a 86-82 victory over No. 4-seed Lancaster, Pa., Bible College in the NCCAA Women’s Division II National Basketball Championship at the Ozark Christian College Multipurpose Building.
Hale scored a game-high 32 points on 11 of 21 shooting from the floor, 6 of 10 from behind the 3-point line and 4 of 7 from the free throw line.
“I knew it was a key possession and our focus was to get an open look,” said Hale who matched her season-high of 32 points.
“It wasn’t the best shot, but the shot clock was running down and I wasn’t very confident when I let it go, even when it hit the rim I wasn’t sure if it was going to go because it rolled around once before it fell through.
“It was a huge relief when the shot fell through.”
Sophomore guards Jade Johnson and Hannah McGaughey had 13 each for the Patriots (21-6). Freshman guard Tori Wise came off the bench to add 11 and freshman guard Diamond Martinez had 10.
Lancaster Bible (21-7) was led by sophomore guard Katy Stover’s 22 points, including all four of the Chargers’ 3-pointers. Junior forward Sarah Heilenman had 19 points, junior forward Shanice Smith came off the bench to record a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds, sophomore forward Aubrey Folger also had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Lancaster will face North Central University (11-16) at 2 p.m. Friday in the losers’ bracket semifinals.