Blazers Drop Two Close Games to NAIA Berea and Asbury
WILMORE, KY - The OCU women's basketball team got battle tested over the weekend as they took two NAIA teams to the wire on the road at the Asbury University Tournament. On Friday night, OCU took on Berea College in tightly contested matchup. OCU came out in the first half focused and ready to play as they worked together to build a 35-33 halftime lead.
Berea rallied in the 2nd half but the Blazers were able to keep it close until about 5 minutes remaining in the game. Berea was able to go on a late game run and built a double digit lead in the closing minutes as they pulled away for a 73-61 win. Sharona Jones led the way for OCU with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Dannyel Butte and Shelby Roe tallied 11 points and 10 points respectively.
On Saturday afternoon, OCU took on tournament host Asbury University. Once again the Trailblazers came out gunning in the first half as they were able to take an 8 point lead at the half, with the score 45-37 in favor of OCU.
The teams were tied 10 times in the game and changed leads 16 times. Ohio Christian (7-3) took an eight point lead into halftime after leading by as many as 10. The Eagles opened the second half on an 8-0 run to tie it at 45-45.
From there the lead changed hands 13 times before the Eagles grabbed it for good at 67-66 with 7:40 remaining. Asbury would connect on 47% of their shots in the game and only four-of-16 from three point range. The Eagles made 15-of-35 just a day earlier. The Trailblazers would hit only 39% of their field goal attempts in the game.
Asbury went ahead in the closing minutes and OCU was forced to foul, where the Eagles sealed the game from the free throw line.
OCU was led by Shelby Roe who went off for a team high 23 points. Sharonda Jones was a force in the middle as she scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Dannyel Butte added 10 points for the Blazers.
The Trailblazers are back in action on Tuesday night when they take on OCAC rival, Southern State Community College at 5:30pm.