Joplin, MO-Barclay College Lady Bears competed at the 38th Annual Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) National Tournament for the first time in eight years. The tournament started with a banquet were the Lady Bears were recognized on three ACCA All American teams.
1st team ACCA: Jamia Jackson
2nd team ACCA: Sarah Easterwood
Academic All American: Summer Melton
Barclay vs FLBC (First Round)
Barclay came into the tournament as the #3 seed and they faced off against #6 seed Free Luther Bible College. The Bears had a sluggish start in the first quarter as they would lead Conquerors by the score of 14-18, but they came to life for the remainder of the game. The Bears would never trail in the game as they cruised to victory by the score of 65-84. Barclay had a balanced scoring attack with five ladies in double digits: Jackson 14 points, Melton 13 points, Alexis Gloude 11 points, Mya Giles, 11 points, and Shaee Fuselier chipped in with 10 points.
Barclay vs Champion (Semi-Finals)
On the next day, Barclay would compete against the #2 seed Champion College (ranked #7 in NCCAA). It was another slow start for the Bears as the Tigers started the game on 10-0 run, but the Bears regrouped and the game was knotted 14-14 after the first quarter. The Bears would lead by as many as 11 in the second quarter, but had a couple of breakdowns in right before halftime and would only lead by the score of 32-29. The second half was similar to the first half as they were 4 lead changes and the game was tied 7 different times down the stretch. The Bears’ inability to take care of the basket (28 turnovers) and keep the Tigers off the boards (27 offensive rebounds) would be the difference maker. The Bears ended up dropping the game to the Tigers by a score of 68-64. Jackson 23 points, Easterwood 13 points, and Mauri Scales contributed 5 points and 14 rebounds.
Barclay vs Ozark Christian College (3rd place)
For the third time this season, the Bears were matched up against the Ambassadors of Ozark Christian College. In the previous matchups, each game came down to the wire and this one would be no different. In the first half of the game, the Ambassadors’ offense was firing on all cylinders as they put up 42 first-half points while shooting 50% from behind the arch (6-12 3FG). Despite several players being in foul trouble and with Senior Sarah Easterwood playing limited minutes, the Bears would trail only by five going into halftime (42-37). For the second half, in a see-saw game that saw six lead changes and seven times the game was knotted the Ambassadors would come away victorious by the score 71-70. Jackson 25 points and 8 rebounds and Mauri Scales 12 points.
The Bears concluded the 2019-20 season with a record 13-12 which is the second most victories in the history of the program.