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Trinity Christian College
St. Ambrose
Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 21, 2017

After spotting Trinity Christian a 20-point second-quarter lead, St. Ambrose could never get over the hump in an 84-75 loss on Alumni Day Saturday at Lee Lohman Arena.

The Bees made several runs but 23 turnovers, a 16-of-25 performance from the line and the inability to get defensive stops at key times dropped the team to 7-14 overall and 3-10 in the CCAC.

Nine first-quarter turnovers and a 14-0 Trolls' run midway thought the second quarter put the Bees in a 42-22 hole. But SAU ended the half with a 10-1 run, with four points coming from both Reeann McCarty and Morgan Myers, to trim the deficit to 43-32 at the break.

McCarty and Myers continued their run in the third quarter. McCarty opened the frame with a layup and 3-pointer and Myers added a jumper to get SAU to within four points at 43-39. The Bees had a chance to get closer after a stop but two missed free throws halted the charge and Trinity Christian (12-10, 5-8 CCAC) responded with five straight points before ultimately pushing the lead back to double figures.

St. Ambrose made another push late in the third. Two Gabrielle Koelker free throws cut the deficit to five and a minute later, a Hailey Cook jumper put the margin at 60-55 inside the final minute. The Bees were whistled for a turnover with two seconds left in the quarter and a long pass led to a deep TCC 3-pointer at the buzzer as SAU fell behind 63-55 heading to the fourth.

That seemingly took the wind out of the Bee sails as the Trolls scored the first five points of the fourth and eventually pushed the lead back to 19 points with less than three minutes left.

A Hannah Ford 3-pointer and five straight points from Colleen Grady keyed a late 10-0 run to get the deficit back to single digits. But the Bees allowed Trinity Christian to track down an offensive rebound leading to layup to end any last-gasp comeback hopes.

McCarty scored a game-high 23 points to go along with nine rebounds. Myers added 14 points and Cook came up with eight points and 10 boards. Koelker chipped in with seven points off the bench.

St. Ambrose will next host Roosevelt Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.