Saints unable to put away Eagles after strong start
The Central Christian College of the Bible women led after one quarter of play and by as many 10 in the first half, but couldn't hold on as Faith Baptist Bible College knocked off the Saints, 74-62, in the conference opener for both teams on Monday evening in the Ferneau Center.
The Saints (1-11, 0-1 Midwest Christian College Conference) led 18-13 at the end of the first quarter, then pushed their advantage to 10 midway through the second stanza.
The Eagles (2-6, 1-0 MCCC) countered with a 17-4 run in the final 5:44 before the half to take a 34-31 lead, one they would hold the rest of the evening. The Saints trailed 55-45 at the end of the third quarter and got as close as seven before Faith Baptist pulled away to a 15-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
Faith Baptist's Lyndi Shepard led all scorers with 22 points. Michaela Crider scored 15 points and Mackenzie Hanson added 13.
Central Christian was led by Tink Harris with 19 points and seven assists. Damia Covington scored 12 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds, while Ryan Stuart-Flores scored 10 points.
The Saints have nearly three weeks off before they return to action at Columbia College in exhibition play on Dec. 31.