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Women's Basketball National Tournament Round One

Royals Fall to Alice Lloyd College

JR Forward Grace CrawfordJR Forward Grace Crawford

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The Ecclesia College Women's basketball team journeyed to Winona Lake, Indiana for the NCCAA Division 1 National Championships. They entered the tournament as the #5 seed and would face #4 Alice Lloyd College (KY) in the first round matchup.

Recap:

The game started strong with Ecclesia scoring on both of their opening possessions. Unfortunately the EC offense would go cold and never really heat back up. EC would trail 17-23 after the first quarter and 28-44 at half.

The deficit was not due to a lack of effort or execution as the Royals continued to get great looks. It was simply decided by which team was making their shots. The Royals entered the game with #1 3pt defense in the country but ALC didn't care. The Lady Eagles lit up the scoreboard shooting 46% from deep on the night where as the Royals shot 24% from deep and only 26% from the floor in general.

The Royals brought a high level of energy to start the second half and shaved the score to a single point margin. ALC would soon respond and push back ahead. The Royals would run out of energy before completing the comeback and would fall 56-79.

Royal Performances:

Grace Crawford: 12 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks

Gabby Adams: 10 points, 3 steals

Alysia Pickett: 11 points, 3 assists

Callie Whitfield: 9 points, 3 rebounds

Next up:

The Royals take the court tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM ET once again to face the loser of #1 Southwestern Christian University and #8 Carolina University.

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