OMAHA, NEBRASKA: The Royals hosted the Avila College Eagles on Tuesday, November 21, for their 8th game of the season. After falling behind in the first half, the Royals were unable to regain the lead and lost to the Eagles 58-72. Grace is now 4-4 this season.
The Eagles gained an early 4-0 lead over the Royals in the first two minutes of the game; the Royals tied the game at 4 with 6 minutes left in the first quarter. The Eagles pulled ahead of the Royals, gaining a 17-12 lead by the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Royals fell behind by 12 points at 24-36 with four minutes remaining in the first half. The Eagles went on a 7-0 run to increase their lead to 19 points at 24-43 with just over two minutes in the half; a 3-pointer from Karen Orozco in the last thirty seconds of the half cut their lead down to 16, 27-43, at halftime.
In the second half, the Royals cut the Eagles' lead to 13 points at 47-34 within three and a half minutes only to fall behind again when the Eagles went on a 9-4 run to bring the score to 38-56. By the end of the quarter, the Royals were down 41-58. In the final ten minutes of the game, the Eagles continued to increase their lead, gaining their largest advantage of the game at 48-72 with two minutes left to play. The Royals went on a 10-0 run to cut the Eagles' lead to 14 points with six buckets from four different players. The final score was 58-72.
The Royals struggled to score, shooting just 33.9% from the field (20-of-59), 25% from the 3-point line (6-of-24), and 63.2% from the free throw line (12-of-19). The Eagles shot 39.7% from the field (25-of-63), 31.6% from the 3-point line (6-of-19), and 76.2% from the free throw line (16-of-21). Grace totaled 34 rebounds, 8 steals, and 6 assists to Avila's 47 rebounds, 5 steals, and 15 assists.
Karen Orozco was the only Royal to score in double digits with a game-high 31 points, shooting 45% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc; she also contributed 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Darielle Evans had 7 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals while Marisa Brown contributed 8 points.
The Eagles' leading scorers were Raven Bunn with 21 points and Matti Morgan with 17 points.
UP NEXT: The Royals will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to play the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves on Wednesday, November 29. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff