ANKENY, IA—The Maranatha women’s basketball team competed in two games at the FBBC Tournament over the weekend, first losing to Manhattan Christian College 54-63 on Friday, and then defeating Faith Baptist Bible College 57-41 on Saturday.
The Crusaders began the action by lining up against the Crusaders of Manhattan on Friday afternoon, and they stayed true to their matching identity as the teams deadlocked at 4-4, 7-7, and 11-11 in the first five minutes of play, continuing all the way to 25-25 with just one minute remaining in the first half.
Senior center Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, IL) would hit a jumper with 45 seconds left on the clock, and Maranatha would take the 27-25 lead into the intermission.
Manhattan would rally to begin the second, however, as they regained the lead at 34-30 in the first four minutes. Maranatha would work back to take the 39-38 advantage just four minutes later though, and held a seven point lead three separate times until five minutes were left in the game.
For the final five minutes, Manhattan would go on an 18-2 run to win easily to the tune of 63-54, while Maranatha missed both of only two shots and turned it over eight times in the closing stretch.
Leading Maranatha was senior Laci Peterson with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks, while seniors Allison Schultz (Chillicothe, IL) and Erin Steuerwald (Whitewater, WI) each tallied 11 points apiece.
The Crusaders continued play on Saturday, as they tipped off against the tournament host Eagles of Faith Baptist Bible College at 4 p.m.
This time, Maranatha would jump out to the early lead, surging to an 11-4 margin in the first five minutes. Slow play throughout the next ten minutes stayed in favor of the Crusaders, as they increased the lead to 20-11 with 5:14 remaining in the first. Maranatha would hold the advantage thanks to seven first half points by senior Allison Schultz, and enter the break with the lead at 31-20.
The Crusaders would continue their dominance throughout the first eight minutes of the second half, outscoring the Eagles 17-2, which increased the lead to 25.
Maranatha would never trail in the second, earning their first win of the season with the 57-41 victory. Leading the Crusaders was senior forward Erin Steuerwald, who finished with 12 points, 6 steals, and 4 rebounds.
The women’s basketball team has a full two weeks off until their next round of competition, when they will travel to Lincoln, IL, on December 6th & 7th to compete in the NCCAA Tip-off Tournament. Matches are set against Kuyper College at 4 p.m. on Friday, followed by Lincoln Christian at 3 p.m. on Saturday.