Crusaders Fall To Archers In Close Contest

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CHICAGO, IL – The women’s basketball team could not close the deal on Friday night against a tough Moody Bible team, losing a close, 60-56 game that featured nine lead changes, and three tie scores.

The Archers did commit nearly 20 turnovers in the game, but the host team did hold a convincing, 55-33 rebound differential, which proved to be a key reason for the win.

Moody was also able to move the ball better than Maranatha, with a 17-8 advantage in assists, and shot 38% from the field. The team finished with two 20-point scorers in sisters, Jenna, and Emily Bloodworth, who had 23, and 21 points respectively.

Jenna Bloodworth, who shot 55% from the field, ultimately outdueled senior center Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, IL), who also fared well with 21 points (50 FG%), and grabbed nine rebounds while swatting away seven shots.

Maranatha carried a 30-28 halftime lead, while freshman guard Courtney Dunn (Oshkosh, WI) also had a solid game with 12 points, four assists, and six steals, but the Archers were able to hold Maranatha to just 35% from the field, and 2-7 from three-point range.

With the loss, Maranatha concludes the regular season with a record of 8-14, and enter the Midwest Regional Tournament next weekend, as the #3 seed.

The team’s first game is against #6 Kuyper College, next Thursday, in Dunbar, WI, at 6:00 p.m.