Lady Ravens Advance to HAAC Semifinals

  • Thursday, February 24, 2005

For the third time this season, the Lady Ravens matched up with MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Unlike the first two games, the Lady Ravens jumped out early on offense and never looked back, defeating the Lady Pioneers, 72-57.

While the Lady Ravens only outscored MNU by two points in the second half it was the slow start in the first half that spelled defeat for the Lady Pioneers.

BC started the game with a 15-4 run before MNU closed back within four points at the midpoint of the first half.

Another offensive run allowed the Lady Ravens to jump back ahead of the Lady Pioneers by as much as 13 before halftime.

The closest the game got in the second half was nine points and that didn't come until the 2:21 mark. Evan, it took the Lady Ravens little time to extend their lead back out to 17 points before winning by 15 points.

Three Lady Ravens scored in double digits led by a game-high 19-point effort from Emily Smith. Angela Campbell added 13 while Jodi Esely chipped in with 11. Courtney Edmonds also had a strong night, scoring 9 points while pulling down 8 rebounds.

Even more impressive than the Lady Ravens offense output was their defensive effort agianst first-team all-HAAC selection Melanie Simmons.

Simmons averaged over 14 points per game this season and Wednesday night, the Lady Ravens limited her to just 4 points - all of which came late in the second half when the game was already decided.

The Lady Ravens move on to the semifinals Friday at 7 p.m. when the travel to Springfield, Mo., to take on the No. 1-seeded Lady Crusaders of Evangel University.

Should the Lady Ravens pull off the upset, they will continue playing in the tournament finals Monday at the site of the higher seeded school still playing in the game.