WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Host Grace College held on late, scoring the last five points of the game to defeat the Goshen College women's basketball team 59-53 Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Liz Tecca had a huge game, hitting five 3-pointers to net a career high 24 points, while senior Sam Hawk had her first double-double of the season (second career) with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Goshen, though, could not stop Juaneice Jackson, the second leading scorer in the conference. She hit 11-of-25 from the field for 29 points (17 in the second half), while Allison Kauffman added eight points and 12 rebounds for the Lancers.
Grace hit just 29% from the field (Goshen 36%), but out rebounded the visitors 45-43, including grabbing 19 on the offensive glass. The Maple Leafs also had 25 turnovers on the afternoon.
Tecca scored the first five points of the half as Goshen jumped to the early lead. Jackson and Grace quickly countered, though, with six points during a 12-0 Lancer run which brought them from 5-0 down to 12-5 up.
Grace upped its lead to 10 (22-12) on an inside basket from Allison Kauffman with eight minutes left in the period. Tecca brought the Leafs back, however, scoring seven points during a 10-0 Goshen spurt to tie the score at 22-22 with less than five left in the half.
The Maple Leafs eventually headed to the locker rooms up by a single point (29-28) after holding Grace to 29.5% shooting. They then started the second stanza hot, bursting out to a nine-point lead (37-28) with an 8-0 run.
Jackson was again key for the Lancers, who used their own 8-0 run (four by Jackson) to regain the lead (45-44) at the midway point of the period. The lead eventually changed hands five times in the second half, but the final time was on a Jackson 3-pointer with four minutes remaining. Grace hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:22 to hold on and earn the victory.
Goshen (2-24, 0-14 CL) returns to action when they travel to Mount Vernon Nazarene next Wednesday.