Vikings Edged by Pacific Lutheran, 55-53

Mel McLean
Mel McLean

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Mel McLean scored a game-high 17 points, but the Berry College women's basketball team was edged by Pacific Lutheran, 55-53, on Friday afternoon.

Chanlir Segarra (nine points) missed a three-pointer with one second left that would've given BC the win. Berry dropped to 4-5 and Pacific Lutheran improved to 3-6.

McLean, who was picked to the Daytona Beach All Tournament Team, was 7-14 from the field and made three 3-pointers. Tara Mullinax and Alexa Evans recorded 11 and 10 points respectively for the Vikings.

Berry raced to an 11-2 lead to start the game and held a 27-24 advantage at halftime.

The Vikings shot 39-percent from the field to 29-percent for the Lutes. PLU, however, put up 81 shots to 56 for Berry. The Vikings were out-rebounded, 49-41. Berry had 21 turnovers to Pacific Lutheran's 11 miscues.

Katelyn Smith came off the bench to score 12 points and grab nine rebounds for Pacific Lutheran.

"I'm proud of how hard the team played against a good team today," said Berry Head Coach Stephanie Dunn.  "We stepped up our defense and put ourselves in a position to win.  Even though we didn't get the last shot to fall, we feel much better going into the break after fighting hard against a strong team."

Berry returns to action on Jan. 4, 2013 when SAA foe Rhodes visits the Cage Center.