Laurinburg, NC- One shot. That's all it took to break the hearts of the St. Andrews University women's basketball team Thursday night in front of their home crowd. Montreat College's Kaitlyn Clontz made the game-winning three-pointer with 10 seconds left to stun the Lady Knights and their home faithful 60-59 and send SAU away with another heartbreaking loss.
The Lady Knights were trailing by 9 at halftime, but made a wonderful comeback to take a two point lead but couldn't keep Montreat's hottest shooter from the winning shot. SAU outscored the Cavaliers 31-23 in the second half and completely dominated them on the boards 45-33 led by senior forward Kimayah Fulcher's team leading 8.
Senior guard Tyler Knight led SAU with 14 points while freshman point guard Mercedes Smith led with 5 assists. Freshman guard Danielle Childress had the best night from behind the arc as she was 3 of 5 from 3 including making her first three attempts.
The difference in the game was Montreat's three-point shooting. The Cavs shot 6 of 9 for a 66.7 three-point percentage whereas St. Andrews could only muster 30% shooting. The Lady Knights also had 10 steals off of 25 Montreat turnovers.
It was a great effort by a young Knights team and the tough luck loss should be able to propel the Knights throughout the rest of the season because they now know they can compete with some of the better teams in the conference.
Montreat was led by their star, Clontz as she had 12 points including going 4 for 4 from three-point range!
Unfortunately, the Lady Knights now fall to 3-12 overall and 1-5 in the AAC while Montreat improves to 13-4 and 4-2.
St. Andrews will next make the long trip back to Tennessee to face conference opponent Bryan College on Saturday at 2 pm.