Dallas Christian College          75

Welch College                          71


March 6, 2014.  The long layoff for the Lady Flames made them a little rusty and it showed in the first half as they dropped a heart-breaker to Dallas Christian College in the first round of the ACCA National Tournament, 75-71.

Though they got behind in the first half, Welch College was able to narrow the gap, trailing by only six at the intermission.  But, the Crusaders continued to pressure the Flames and were able to build a double-digit lead midway through the second stanza.

But, the determined Flames would not go away and were able to whittle the lead down to just three points with three minutes left in the game.  Both teams traded baskets down the stretch and the Crusaders were able to capitalize on a couple of Flame mistakes to seal the win.

“This is probably our toughest loss this season,” said Flames’ coach Larry Bryan. “It is hard to swallow.  Once again our girls did everything needed to come back and win, but fell short by one or two plays.”

Leading the way for the Flames was Aston Johnson with 22 points and 11 rebounds.  Jessie Melvin added 17 points and Amy Pickett chipped in 11.  Leslie Nichols pulled down 11 rebounds for the Flames.

Today, the Flames have a consolation round game at 2:15pm.

You can stream the game live here: occ.edu/ACCAtournament, then click on OCC

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