NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NAIA No. 16 Trevecca (9-7, 3-3) fell to Martin Methodist (11-8, 4-3) on the road 71-70. In the game Mariska Reed became the Trojans career steals leader breaking the record held by former Trojan Audrey (Leatherman) Partin. Partin finished her career with 234 career steals. Reed set the record with her 235th career steal with 12:52 to go in the first half.
The RedHawks started the game with a 7-0 run and led for most of the first half. Trevecca didn’t get on the scoreboard until Jennifer Bognar hit a jumper with 15:59 on first half clock. Trevecca took their first lead of the game at 10-9 with 13:17 to go with a 10-2 run. Neither team had more than a four-point lead the rest of the first half. The RedHawks held a one-point 32-31 lead as the teams headed to the locker room at the half.
Martin Methodist started the second half with a 6-2 run and led 38-33 with 17:53 to play in the game. Trevecca used a 19-9 run to take a 52-47 lead with 11:30 to play. The RedHawks tied the game at 52 with 10:49 to go, but the Trojans outscored the RedHawks 10-0 to take a 62-52 lead with 8:28 to play. The RedHawks kept their upset hopes alive and took the lead at 66-64 with 3:37 to play on the strength of a 14-2 run. Mariska Reed gave Trevecca a 68-66 lead with a pair of made free throws with 1:11 to play. The RedHawks answered with a three-point basket by Lorraine Sutton with :56 remaining. After the Trojans missed on their next opportunity Sutton was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to give Martin Methodist a 71-68 lead with 11.6 second remaining. Trevecca couldn’t get a three-point shot off and settled for a two pointer and fell 71-70.
Abby Lawson led Trevecca with 15 points as Mariska Reed (13), Jennifer Bognar (12), and Kristin Archie (10) all reached double figures in scoring. Archie led the team with six steals. Lawson had two blocks. Trevecca hit 25-58 (43%) from the field, 3-15 (20%) from three-point range, and 17-28 (61%) from the foul line. Trevecca saw Martin outrebound the Trojans 41-25.
Trevecca leads the series 19-7 between the two schools.
Trevecca will host Mid-Continent University (8-9, 0-5) on Saturday, January 26 at 2 p.m.