published Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Tennessee Wesleyan fall in NAIA tourney

The long winning streak of the Tennessee Wesleyan College women’s basketball team finally ended Friday night.

The 14th-ranked Lady Bulldogs lost 80-67 to third-ranked and hometown team Morningside College in the second round of the NAIA Division II national tournament at Sioux City, Iowa.

All-American Tanaeya Worden followed her 25 points in the Sioux City team’s first-round win with 30 against Wesleyan (30-4), which had won 22 straight games coming in. That made the Mustangs 28-5.

Heather Gibson had 21 points and nine rebounds and Amy Jo Castor and Cody Houck added 16 and 12 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

Also ending their seasons Friday night were the Tennessee Temple and Covenant women’s teams, falling 79-68 and 64-36, respectively, to Oakland City (Ind.) and King College in the National Christian College Athletic Association MidEast Regional at Covenant. King and Oakland City play today at 2 p.m. in a matchup of schools awaiting NCAA Division II postseason clearance for a berth in the NCCAA Division I nationals.

Samantha Stahl led Oakland City with 24 points. She was 11-of-11 on free throws, where her team was 26-of-29. Cherelle James and Kanetra Gonzalez scored15 and 14 points for Temple, and Amber Charles had 10 points and four steals. Margaret Cross was 4-of-7 on 3-pointers in scoring 14 points for Covenant.

NAIA DII women’s national tournament

MORNINGSIDE 80, TENNESSEE WESLEYAN 67

Tennessee Wesleyan (30-4)

Cain 9, Castor 16, Frazier, Gibson 21, Steen 5, Houck 12, Davidson 4, Davis.

Morningside (28-5)

Alfredson 9, Beaudette 13, Christen 11, Trask 3, Worden 30, Determan 3, Osten 9, Blum 2, Anderson, Ebert.

Halftime: Morningside, 39-34.

NCCAA MidEast women’s tournament

OAKLAND CITY 79, TENNESSEE TEMPLE 68

Oakland City (15-13)

Oxley 15, Tedder 3, Barclay 14, Stahl 24, Skaggs 11, Malin 6, Sutton 5, Kerchief 4, Hart, Norton.

Tennessee Temple (12-19)

Fowler 2, Charles 10, Wilson 7, Gonzalez 14, McGhee 8, Gallishaw 5, James 15, Salera 2, Chappell 5, Monroe, Riggs.

Halftime: Oakland City, 41-23.

KING 64, COVENANT 36

Covenant (5-21)

Cooper 8, Cross 14, Dupree 2, Core 3, Craft 2, Waldroup, Gibson, Blankenship 5, Cameron, Chittenden 2.

King (12-16)

Mooney 4, Tharpe 9, Johnson 11, Collins 4, Deans 11, McKenzie, Oliver 3, Gross 6, Williams 6, Kinser 6, Kelley 4.

Halftime: King, 36-16.

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