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MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College women's basketball team dropped their season finale, falling to Tennessee-Wesleyan 78-64 on Saturday afternoon at McAlister Gymnasium. 

After rolling to a 26-21 lead after the first period, the Cavaliers struggled offensively in the second half and trailed 35-34 at the break. After an evenly matched third period, the Bulldogs took control in the fourth, outscoring Montreat 26-13 to run away with the win. 

Hannah Calloway (SO/Swannanoa, NC) led the Cavaliers with 14 points while Darah DeWalt (FR/Charlotte, NC) added 12 points and seven rebounds. Arianna Williams (FR/Lawrenceville, GA) filled the stat sheet with ten points, seven assists, and five rebounds while Shannon Jackson (SR/Charleston, SC) led all players with 11 rebounds. 

"Shot selection really hurt us tonight," said head coach Meghan Austin. "In the first half we ran the floor and played together as a team, but it was a tale of two halves. It would have been nice to pull a win out for our seniors who have given so much to this program throughout the last two years I have been here.  We head to the conference tournament next week where it's anyone's game."

The Cavaliers (11-17, 7-13 AAC) earned the #9 seed in the upcoming AAC Tournament and will open play against  #8 seed Truett-McConnell on Wednesday, February 24th at 12:00pm at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Conference Center in Kingsport, TN.

You can find the AAC Women's Basketball Tournament press release HERE.

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COLUMBIA, SC - The Montreat College women's basketball picked up a big road win on Wednesday night, defeating Columbia 75-67 in Appalachian Athletic Conference action. 

After four ties and four lead changes, Columbia was able to take a 29-27 lead into halftime. Both teams struggled offensively in the first two periods as each squad shot only 7-35 (20%) from the field. Things picked up in the third period as Columbia got going and built up a 39-31 lead 4 minutes into the frame. The Cavaliers were slowly able to chip away at the lead and used a three-pointer from Niroshka Perez (JR/Asheville, NC) to take a 47-45 lead with 29 seconds remaining in the period. 

Although Columbia would tie the game up just before the end of the third period, Montreat regained the lead with a pair of Arianna Williams (FR/Lawrenceville, GA) free throws just eight seconds into the fourth period. The Cavaliers would not relinquish that lead as they ripped off 28 points in the final frame to pull away for the 75-67 victory.

The Cavalier win was highlighted by a number of standout performances. Darah DeWalt (FR/Charlotte, NC) posted a huge double-double, scoring 16 points while pulling down 16 rebounds. Niroshka Perez led all scorers with 20 points while Hannah Calloway (SO/Swannanoa, NC) added 17 points. Shannon Jackson (SR/Charleston, SC) was a force inside, collecting a game-high 17 rebounds while chipping in eight points. 

"Despite struggling to make shots, we pulled out a team win by getting some big rebounds down the stretch," explained head coach Meghan Austin. "We were able to get to the free throw line and sink enough free throws to pull out the win."

With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 11-16 overall and 7-12 in the AAC. The team will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, February 20th when they celebrate Senior Day and a "Blue Out" event against Tennessee-Wesleyan. Tipoff is set for 2pm in McAlister Gymnasium.

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MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College women's basketball team dropped a hard-fought game against Appalachian Athletic Conference leader Bryan, 80-70 on Saturday in McAlister Gymnasium.

The Cavaliers (10-16, 6-12 AAC) fell behind 22-10 after the first period and that proved to be the difference as the teams scored evenly the remainder of the game. Montreat made a final push in the fourth quarter cutting the lead to five points after a basket by Niroshka Perez (JR/Asheville, NC) with 1:05 left to play. However, the Lions would ht their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Montreat was spurred on by balanced scoring as five players reached double figures. Hannah Calloway (SO/Swannanoa, NC) scored 16 points while Arianna Williams (FR/Lawrenceville, GA) scored 15 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Shannon Jackson (SR/Charleston, SC) earned a double-double after scoring 12 points and grabbing eleven rebounds. Niroshka Perez scored 15 points with eight rebounds. Darah DeWalt (FR/Charlotte, NC) chipped in 12 points and five rebounds for the game.

"I am very proud of my team tonight," said head coach Meghan Austin. "We came out and competed against the top team in the conference for 40 minutes.  Before the game I asked them to come out and give it all they had and they did just that. We had a balanced offensive attack as all five starters were in double figures." 

The Cavaliers will be back in action on Wednesday, February 17th as they travel to take on Columbia College. Tipoff is set for 6:30pm. 

 
 
 
 
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