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Winona Lake, In--It was a close battle for the NCCAA National Title in Women's Basketball today, with utlimately the defending champs Mid America Christian coming out on top by a slight margin 84-87.3 17 19 BPC Lady Barons BB

Both teams saw their largest leads at 8 points, BPC in the first half and MACU in the second. There were 8 lead changes throughout and 5 ties. The Evangels were behind 28-20 after the first quarter, but went on an 18-0 run to start the second quarter. It was a close game the rest of the way. 

BPC had 25 turnovers compared to MACU's 14. The Lady Barons shot an impressive 51% from the field and 45% from three. It was pretty even on the rebound battle, with MACU edging out the Barons 47-45. 

Four Barons scored in double digits: Dominique Haynes had 21 points while Joy Hadley had another double-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. Latoya King had 11 points and Alexia Galloway had 10. 

Dominique Haynes made the All Tournament team while Joy Hadley made Second Team All American. Eden Duckworth and Naomi Wilds were named NCCAA Scholar Athletes. 

"I'm proud of this team and how hard we fought. Coach Edwards is really building a strong program and I'm excited about its continued growth," states Athletic Director Daniel Prevett.

"Tough loss but I'm super proud of my team," says Coach Steve Edwards. "We battled through some tough things tonight and I believve we were the best team for 38 minutes. We are young in experience and we are learning how to close big games. I love our two seniors. They helped lay a great foundation for our basketball program. We will miss them and I thank God I had the chance to coach Latoya and Naomi."

What a great season for the Lady Barons! The future looks bright. (Courtesy of Breton Parker College)

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