The Bob Jones University Lady Bruins defeated Pensacola Christian College 59–49 on Saturday in Pensacola. The victory gave BJU a regular season sweep over their NCCAA rival.
Pensacola started the game on a 4–0 run, but the Bruin offense finally took off as Sha’Ron Brunson hit a deep three-pointer with six minutes left in the first quarter.
After a pair of Kendra Jeffcott free throws, Maggi Ford drove into the lane and made a shot, and the Bruins found themselves with a 7–4 lead.
Ford followed up with a three to extend the lead, but Pensacola kept fighting and kept the game close.
With seconds left in the first quarter, Jeffcott stole the ball and beat the buzzer with a layup, making the score 14–11 after one quarter.
The Eagles went on a run at the beginning of the second quarter to take the lead due to Pensacola’s Marley Moore finding a few baskets in the post. The Lady Bruins’ defense forced some turnovers, and Bhrianna Jackson hit a layup in transition to cut the Lady Eagles’ lead to just one.
BJU tied the game up, giving the Bruins a 30–27 lead heading into the half.
Just like the first half, the PCC offense came out fast to start the second, and quickly overtook the Bruins.
But the Bruins kept the game close, down only 40–38 after the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Brianna Delaney’s shots started to fall, and the Lady Bruins went on a run and were able to hold on to beat the Lady Eagles. The final score was 59–49.
Jeffcott had a great game with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Delaney finished with 15 points, and Jackson tallied 11.
“We are playing much better defense,” coach LeViere said, “So that even when we aren’t hitting shots, the defense keeps us in the game. We have to be able to keep playing that kind of defense in the future.”
With the win, the Bruins improved to 18–11 overall.