The Lady Patriot Basketball Team pulled off a thrilling comeback win against Champion Christian College to capture their 7th ACCA National Title in a row. Champion Christian College was ahead for almost the entirety of the game, until the Lady Patriots came storming back within the last few minutes.
With 26 seconds left in the game and the Lady Patriots were trailing by 2 points, Peniah Waites scored a game-tying layup off an inbounds play from the sideline. Champion Christian then tried to put them ahead by 1 with a quick three-point attempt and missed, and the Lady Patriots secured the rebound followed by a timeout. With 9 seconds left in the ball game, Aaliyiah Clark hit a clutch 3-pointer to put the Lady Patriots up by 3. Rebecca Farmer then put the game away with a free throw.
Rebecca Farmer led all scorers with 31 points, while also adding 7 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures were Aaliyiah Clark with 24 points, Peniah Waites with 16 points, and Billie Sulak with 13 points. Clark also added 10 rebounds and Sulak added 9 rebounds.
Aaliyiah Clark was named the ACCA Tournament MVP for the second year in a row. She was also selected as an ACCA 1st Team All-American along with Peniah Waites. Both Waites and Clark have been named to an ACCA All-America team for the past three years in a row. Rebecca Farmer was selected as and ACCA All-America Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to our Lady Patriots in their exciting National Championship win!