McCurdy's 23, Wandell's double-double not enough at Berea, 72-69 OT

McCurdy's 23, Wandell's double-double not enough at Berea, 72-69 OT

Maryville College fell to Berea College on Wednesday night, as the Mountaineers used a second-half rally for a 72-69 overtime final.

MC used a stellar second quarter, shooting 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the floor with four 3-pointers to take a 35-27 lead at the break.

However, Berea College would find a third-quarter rally, holding the Scots to just a 20-percent effort in the third.

Maryville overcame the one-point deficit to force a back and forth affair in the fourth quarter, as the game saw 10 ties and eight lead changes. The Scots would hold 60-57 lead with 3:23 left on a Kelley Wandell lay-in, but the offense struggled through the remainder of regulation.

Berea's Briana Lanham found a lay-up with 2:18 left before Bailee Vanover's free throw tied things with 53 seconds. The two teams would go to overtime knotted at 60-all.

Brooke McCurdy's trey with 2:14 left in overtime tied things at 67-67. Berea's Isis Hill used a putback at 1:32 to take a two-point advantage before Catherine Upshaw's two charity tosses knotted things at 69.

Bethanie Williams' layup and Vanover's free-throw would give the Mountaineers the win in the final minute, 72-69.

The game was mainly controlled by the starting lineups of both squads. The two teams managed just nine bench points combined.

The Scots saw only six bench points, while the Mountaineers only managed a trio of points not from their starting lineup.

Maryville outshot Berea from both the floor and beyond the arc, but 17 made free-throws by Berea made the difference. MC managed just eight made charity tosses in the USA South contest.

Maryville (10-11, 8-4 USA South) was led by McCurdy's 23-points, as the freshman went 7-of-9 from beyond the arc. Klaire Varney had 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Kelley Wandell had a double-double.

Wandell had a game-high 17 rebounds to go with 10 points, six blocks, two assists and two steals.

Elsa Eckenrod had nine points and nine rebounds, as Libby Gardner added nine points. Upshaw, Delaney Lowery and Shelby Hix each had two points in the game.

MC shot 26-of-65 (40 percent) from the floor, while they made nine treys at a 37.5 percent clip. The Scots went 8-of-13 from the free throw line.

Berea (14-4, 10-1) shot 34.3 percent (24-of-70) from the floor, while bucketing seven 3-pointers at a 28-percent rate. They managed a 17-of-25 effort (68 percent) from the charity stripe on the night.

The Mountaineers were led by Williams' double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Lanham added 21 points and nine boards. Kristin Barnes had 14 points, while Nakeisha Green added 11 rebounds.

Maryville will have nearly a week off before hosting USA South foe Covenant College on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Tipoff inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium is slated for 7 p.m.