MARION – The Grace College women’s basketball team lost at Indiana Wesleyan in the NCCAA Midwest Regionals by the score of 62-47 on Thursday night.
The game meant little to the Lady Lancers (15-18), who are already assured a place in the 2017 NCCAA National Championships on March 15-18 as the host school.
Grace will open up NCCAA Nationals on March 15 at 7:30 p.m. The tournament field and brackets will be unveiled on March 11. To find out more information about the tournament, visit www.gclancers.com/nccaa.
Grace shot under 33 percent in both halves against the Wildcats (19-13). Chloe Pridgen led Grace with 14 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes, and Haley Richardson scored 13 points.
IWU jumped out to a commanding lead in the first quarter, going ahead 17-9 by quarter’s end.
Pridgen scored six points over the first four minutes of the second quarter to cut Grace’s deficit down to three. But IWU still led 28-21 at halftime.
The Lady Lancers shot just 32 percent from the floor in the first half and were a combined 1-of-4 from the foul line.
The Wildcats needed less than two minutes of action in the second half to assert a double-digit cushion.
The game stayed in IWU’s favor for the rest of the contest as the Wildcats coasted to the quarterfinal win in the regional tournament.
Pridgen shot 6-of-8 for her team-high 14 points, and Lauren Godfrey added seven points.