WEST POINT, Ga - The Emmanuel Women's Basketball Team have finished second in the NCCAA South Region Tournament on Saturday afternoon after losing to Point University 63-68. The Lion's gained entry into the final match after a convincing 77-61 win over Columbia International University in the semifinal on Friday. Mikayla Trombley top scored for the Lions on Friday with 23 points and 4 rebounds, closely followed by Elise Coberly who had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Addie McNeely had 13 points and 3 rebounds for the game. The Lions outscored the Rams heavily in the first quarter, and although the rest of the game was an even battle, the Rams were never able to recover the initial deficit. With little time to recover, the Lion's had to take to the court at 4pm on Saturday for the final match against Point University.
The South Region final was an exciting match that saw several lead changes. Emmanuel started out strong, working themselves into a 5 point advantage after the first quarter. Point then outscored Emmanuel in the second quarter to take a small lead into the half time break. The tide turned again as Emmanuel outscored Point 21-15 in the third quarter, and looked to be in the driver's seat for the final stretch. Point however, was not finished with yet, and went on a 17 point scoring rampage in 5 minutes to gain a 6 point advantage. A late layup by Coberly got the Lions back within 4 Points but a series of free throws converted by Point shunned any hope of a comeback by the Lions, as the time began to run out. Point secured the victory with a 68-63 win, earning an automatic place at the NCCAA National Tournament in Indiana. Mikayla Trombley top scored again on Saturday with 17 points, while Elise Coberly had another double-double with 11 points and an impressive 16 rebounds. Timia Reynolds also finished on 11 points, while Scarbrough and McNeely finished on 7 and 8 respectively.
Despite the South Region Final loss, the Lion's impressive 2015-16 Campaign (19-11, 14-8 Conf.) earned them a ticket to the NCCAA National Tournament where they are seeded third. The Tournament will take place March 16th-19th in Indiana, with the Lion's set to take on University of Northwestern (seeded 6th) on Wednesday March 16th at 8:30am, in the first game of the tournament. Should they be successful, they will take on the winner of Roberts Wesleyan College and Bethesda University on Thursday at 3:30pm. The National Championship game will take place on Saturday March 19th at 2pm.
For More EC Lions News, please visit: www.goeclions.com