Score: Evangel 63, Graceland 65
Records: Evangel (1-6, 0-1); Graceland (4-5, 1-0)
Location: Lamoni, Iowa | Closson Center
LAMONI, Iowa – The Evangel women's basketball team was unable to hold off Graceland Wednesday night falling 65-63 in the conference opener.
The Crusaders pulled out to an early lead in the Heart of America Athletic Conference opener for both teams. However, after a 22-10 lead in the first quarter, the Yellowjackets held Evangel to just six second-quarter points to take a 30-28 lead at halftime.
Evangel out-rebounded Graceland and shot 36 percent from the field as Sydnee Garrett posted her fourth game of 20 or more points with 22. She added eight rebounds in the loss as Paige Patterson posted a double-double with 14 points and 15 boards.
Alison Jarrell added 10 points for Evangel and five assists.
Graceland forced 18 turnovers by the Crusaders helping aid in the comeback.
Evangel returns to the Ashcroft Center on Saturday for the conference home opener against Missouri Valley. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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