SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS: The Grace University Royals played the Ecclesia College Royals on Friday, December 8. After gaining a 37-22 advantage at halftime, Grace held onto their lead and won the game 85-63 for their first win in over two weeks.
Grace started the game with a 12-2 run over Ecclesia in the first five minutes; they pushed their lead to 13 points at 21-8 with just under two minutes left in the first quarter, ending the quarter with a 21-13 lead. In the second quarter, Grace increased their lead with a 9-2 run, bringing the score to 30-15 with five minutes left in the half. The two teams played each other evenly for the last rest of the half, leaving the score at 37-22 at halftime.
Grace continued to hold onto their lead in the second half despite Ecclesia's best efforts to come back. With five minutes left in the third quarter, Grace was up 46-29; with a minute left in the third, Grace was up 55-35. By the end of the third quarter, Grace was up 58-40. In the fourth quarter, Grace increased their lead to as many as 24 points at 72-48 with six minutes left in the game. Grace finished the game strong and won the game by 22 points 85-63.
Grace finished the game 51.5% from the field (34 of 66), 50% from the 3-point line (11 of 22), and 60% from the free throw line (6 of 10). Ecclesia shot 41.2% from the field (21 of 51), 35% from the 3-point line (7 of 20), and 77.8% from the 3-point line (14 of 18). Grace had 33 rebounds and 21 assists to Ecclesia's 23 rebounds and 16 assists.
Darielle Evans led the Royals in scoring with a game-high 22 points; she also contributed 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Tschida Johnson scored a career-high 19 points and had 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Alyssa Strickland had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists while Karen Orozco had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Jasmine White and Loretta Gamboe each contributed 6 points; White also grabbed 5 rebounds.
Ecclesia's highest scorers were Haley Gresham with 20 points and Emily Chadwell with 15 points.
UP NEXT: The Royals will play Rhema Bible College on Saturday, December 9, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, starting at 3:30 p.m. Their next home game will be on Monday, December 11, against Central Christian College of the Bible at 5 p.m.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff