MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College women's basketball team picked up a big home win on Wednesday night, using a fourth quarter push to take a 65-63 win over St. Andrews in the Appalachian Athletic Conference opener.
The Cavaliers (3-1) fell behind 19-16 after one quarter but used a late run to take a 40-36 lead into halftime. The team leaned heavily on Katie Dillon (SO/Charlotte, NC) in the first half as she scored 15 of the team's points. In the third quarter, Montreat had trouble finding the basket and the Knights ripped off a 16-6 run to take a 52-46 lead heading into the final quarter. In the fourth, it was Montreat who would make a decisive run, turning the deficit into an eight-point lead, capped by an Arianna Williams (SO/Lawrenceville, GA) basket with 1:10 to play to make the score 61-53. St. Andrews refused to fold as they made things interesting in the final seconds, hitting two free throws to cut the lead to 65-63 with four seconds to play. On the subsequent inbounds play, a St. Andrews steal gave them one last chance to score but the final shot fell short to seal the victory for the Cavaliers.
"There were moments tonight when we played as the aggressive team and we looked really good," said head coach Meghan Austin. "We did a good job controlling the defensive backboard for a majority of the game and that was what helped us be successful tonight. Katie Dillon came out with 21 points and really carried us by taking two charges defensively."
Katie Dillon led the team with 21 points on 8-12 shooting and also pulled down 6 rebounds. Arianna Williams scored 17 points while collecting 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Darah DeWalt (SO/Charlotte, NC) just missed a double-double scoring 9 points with 9 rebounds while Demeria Robinson (SO/Salisbury, NC) had 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Cavaliers out-rebounded St. Andrews 41-35 while also holding a 17-10 advantage in assists.
Montreat will be back in action at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 19th when they travel to face Allen University.
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Montreat College women's basketball team picked up a crucial non-conference road win on Friday night, topping Johnson & Wales 64-59.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 21-18 lead after the first period and outscored the Wildcats 15-6 in the second period to take a 36-24 lead going into halftime. In the third period, the two teams traded baskets and Montreat took a 55-42 lead heading into the final frame. In the fourth period, the Wildcats used a 14-3 run to cut the Montreat lead to 58-56 with 2:25 to play. A basket from Katie Dillon (SO/Charlotte, NC) put the Cavaliers back up 60-56 but a bucket and subsequent free throw by Johnson & Wales made the score 60-59 with 37 seconds left to play. Despite mounting pressure, the Cavaliers responded in the final seconds as Darah DeWalt (SO/Charlotte, NC) hit two free throws and Demeria Robinson (SO/Salisbury, NC) hit a layup to seal the win.
Robinson led the way for the Cavaliers (2-1) with 21 points on 8-16 shooting. DeWalt contributed 11 points while Sienna Hicks (FR/Greenville, SC) and Katie Dillon both added eight points. The Cavaliers overcame a tough shooting night, hitting only 23-65 (35%) from the field but they used tough defense to curtail the Wildcats offense, holding them to 35% shooting and only 2-15 from the three-point line.
The team will be back in action on Monday, November 14th when they travel to face Gardner-Webb in an exhibition matchup. Tipoff is set for 11:00am.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College women's basketball team suffered a 74-67 setback against Brenau University on Saturday afternoon at McAlister Gymnasium.
The Cavaliers (1-1) opened up well, racing out to a 21-10 lead after the first period. However, Brenau responded in the second period, using a 9-2 run to cut into the Montreat lead before tying the game at 36-36 going into halftime. In the third period, Brenau would lead by as many as five points before the Cavaliers would use a pair of baskets by Arianna Williams (SO/Lawrenceville, GA) to pull ahead 51-48. The Tigers would respond with four free throws in the final seconds of the period to take a 52-51 lead heading into the fourth. In the final frame, Montreat fought off an early deficit and used a traditional three-point play from Darah DeWalt (SO/Charlotte, NC) to take a 56-55 lead with 5:45 to play. From there, the Tigers would rip off a 12-0 run to take a commanding 67-56 lead. Montreat would again forge a comeback, utilizing a pair of free throws from Williams to cut the lead to 70-67 with 56 seconds to play. The Cavaliers would not be able to get any closer as Brenau held on for the win.
Darah DeWalt led the team with 23 points and 7 rebounds while Arianna Williams collected 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. The Cavaliers shot 43% (23-53) from the field, but only 2-14 from three-point range.
The Cavaliers will travel to take on Johnson & Wales (Charlotte) on Thursday, November 11th at 6pm.