The Southern Union women were underdogs coming into the ACCC basketball tournament, but they were unable use that status to their advantage as they lost their tournament opener 76-66 to Wallace-Selma Friday at Shelton State.
SU actually held a one-point lead at halftime, but Selma outscored the Lady Bison 20-10 in the third quarter and they were never able to dig out of that hole.
Miranda Powell led SU with 15 points, while Elexus Bell finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Tierra Williams added 10 points, while Hope Yancey scored 10 off the bench.
The loss puts an end to the season for the Lady Bison. They finish with a record of 13-15.
Bell (15.1 ppg) and Williams (11.1 ppg) were the leading scorers for SU this season, but they are two of only three sophomores on the roster. Freshmen Yancey and Dyimond Watkins plan to transfer to Truett-McConnell, but beyond that the team remains largely intact for next season.
Williams has committed to continue her career at Point University, while Bell has committed to Georgia State.
Southern Union’s baseball team saw its season record fall to 7-7 after the Bison went 1-3 in four games in Spartanburg, S.C., Friday and Saturday.
The Bison played two games each against Spartanburg Methodist and USC Salkehatchie in a round-robin format over those two days.
In the first game Friday, a back and forth contest ultimately went against the Bison as they fell to Spartanburg Methodist 10-9.
The Bison trailed 8-5 going into the seventh and final inning, but after Brody Syer’s RBI single cut the lead to 8-6 Kasey Clark delivered a three-run home run that put the Bison ahead 9-8.
The lead was short-lived however as the first two hitters in the bottom of the inning reached base and came around to score the tying and winning runs.
Syer finished 3-for-4 with a double while Jeremiah Burgess drove home a run with a 1-for-3 performance.
SU bounced back Friday for a 15-4 win over Salkehatchie in five innings.
The Bison erupted for eight runs in the first inning and never looked back. Syer hit a two-run home run and drove in four runs altogether in a 3-for-4 performance. Casey Baynes, Jake Spivey and Clark each had two hits in the 12-hit attack for SU.
Brock Young picked up the win despite allowing three earned runs on six hits in three innings of work. Young is now 4-0 on the season with a 2.95 ERA.
That turned out to be Southern Union’s only win of the weekend. They started Saturday with a 7-0 loss to Spartanburg Methodist and then finished the series with a 10-7 defeat to Salkehatchie.
They managed just two hits in the first game Saturday then couldn’t hold a 7-5 lead late in the finale as Salkehatchie scored five runs in the sixth to pull ahead.
Casey Baynes went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base in the last game.
SU is scheduled to begin conference play this week with a four game series against Central Alabama. The teams are set to play two games in Alexander City Thursday and then two more in Wadley Saturday.