HAVILAND, KANSAS: The Royals traveled to Haviland, Kansas, to play the Barclay College Bears on Saturday, February 24. After gaining a 44-27 lead by halftime, the Royals won the game 85-59 to improve their regular season record to 16-13, more wins than the program has seen since the 2010-11 season and the most wins they've seen since moving to NCCAA Division 1.
The Royals got off to a slow start, allowing Barclay to gain a 0-5 advantage in the first minute and a half of the game. The Royals came back to tie the score at 7 with seven minutes left in the first quarter. The two teams exchanged baskets throughout the rest of the quarter as the lead changed three times and the score was tied once. The Royals closed the quarter with a 7-2 run in the last two minutes of the quarter to bring the score to 21-14. In the second quarter, the Royals continued to build up their lead; after leading 27-20 with eight minutes left in the first half, the Royals went on an 8-0 run to increase their lead to 35-20 with four minutes left in the half. By halftime, the Royals were up 44-25.
In the third quarter, the Royals slowly built up their lead, increasing it to as many as 25 points at 59-34 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter. The Bears outscored the Royals 9-2 in the last six minutes of the quarter, bringing the score to 61-43 by the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Royals came out strong with an 8-0 run in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter to bring the score to 69-43. With three minutes left in the game, the Royals were up 74-54. At the final buzzer, the Royals won 85-59.
The Royals shot 42.3% from the field (33 of 78), 34.6% from the 3-point line (9 of 26), and 58.8% from the free throw line (10 of 17). The Bears shot 36.4% from the field (20 of 55), 38.9% from the 3-point line (7 of 18), and 75% from the free throw line (12 of 16). The Royals had 39 rebounds, 20 assists, and 21 steals, while the Bears had 47 rebounds, 16 assists, and 3 steals. The Royals had 33 points off turnovers, 6 second-chance points, 32 points in the paint, and 22 bench points, while the Bears had 3 points off turnovers, 5 second-chance points, 22 points in the paint, and 5 bench points.
For the sixth time this season, every Royal scored; every Royal has scored in four of their last six games. Karen Orozco led the Royals in scoring with 16 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals, while Darielle Evans had 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Marisa Brown contributed 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks, while Majesty Pelletier had 11 points and 3 rebounds. Tschida Johnson had 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Alyssa Strickland was close to a double-double with 9 points and 9 assists. Jasmine White contributed 8 points and 4 rebounds, while Loretta Gamboe had 3 points and 2 rebounds.
Three of the Bears scored in double digits, led by Sarah Easterwood with 15 points. Leilani Carrasco had 13 points, and Kallie Meadows had 11 points.
UP NEXT: This concludes the Royals' regular season. They will return to action in their regional tournament on March 7 at Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff