Bears win 3 in a row

Haviland, KS—The Lady Bears played three games in four days, and they were able to come away victorious in all of them. The week was highlighted by Freshman Jamia Jackson (Wichita, KS) tieing a school record for most 3 point field goals made in a game and with her being named the NCCAA Student-Athlete of the Week.

On January 17, the Bears welcomed conference opponent Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) to Hockett Auditorium were the two battled in a tightly battled contest. In the first half, the teams traded several baskets, and despite Jackson sinking 5 3-pointers, the Bears trailed the Saints going into halftime 35-32. Going into the 4th quarter, the game was knotted at 46. The Bears’ depth and the ability to take care of the basketball proved to be the difference maker as we ended up winning the game 68-58. Barclay ended the game with only 12 turnovers and Central Christian ended the game with 21 turnovers. The Bears were led by Jackson with 29 (9-17 3FG) points and 3 steals and Summer Melton (Okay, OK) 13 points and 6 rebounds.

On Saturday, Barclay welcomed NCCAA Southwest Regional foe Kansas Christian College (Overland Park, KS). In the first half of the game, the Bears struggled against the Falcons zone defense and it was a challenge for them to stay disciplined on the defensive end and they would find themselves trailing at half 28-24. Both teams struggled offensively in the 3rd quarter as they both were only able to score 8 points each. In the 4th quarter, Barclay’s offense finally started to click, as they outscored Kansas Christian (20-12). Despite having more turnovers and trailing for the majority of the game, Barclay escaped with the W with a score of 48-52. Jackson led the Bears with 19 points and 5 assists and Mauri Scales (Wichita, KS) had her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bears concluded their home game stretch when they welcomed the Warriors from Union College (Lincoln, NE). The Bears set the tone early in the game and never looked back! At halftime, the Bears led the Warriors by a score of 51-22. In the second half, the Warriors found their groove on offense, but it would be too little too late, and the Bears would come away victorious by a score of 96-65. Barclay had 27 assists while shooting 43% from the field. Several individuals contributed to the team win: Scales notched a consecutive double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Jackson 18 points and 6 steals, Mya Giles (Tenaha, TX) 17 points, KaShaelyn Fuselier (Humble, TX) 10 points, Sarah Easterwood (Rolla, KS) 8 points and 13 rebounds, and Alexis Gloude (Goodwell, OK) 11 assists.

The Bears are now 5-2 on the season. Barclay will be back in MCCC play this weekend as they play Calvary University on Friday and travel to Joplin, MO to compete against the Ambassadors of Ozark Christain College.