The Berea College Lady Mountaineers (12-10, 8-6 KIAC) picked up a big 86-73 win over Cincinnati Christian University (10-15, 5-8 KIAC) Tuesday at the Seabury Center.
The win gives Berea a two and half game edge over CCU for fifth place in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) standings.
Former Madison Central star Erika Parks had another huge game in the win.
Parks finished with a game-high 27 points — the sixth straight game she’s scored 20-plus points.
The game was extremely close early on, with the lead changing hands 11 times before Berea was able edge out to a 43-37 halftime lead.
Behind the play of Parks and Johnesha Warren — who poured in 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds — the Lady Mountaineers grabbed control of the game early in the second half, pulling out to a 13-point lead with nine minutes to play.
But, CCU used a 7-0 run to eventually pull to within three points with just more than four minutes remaining.
A three pointer by Parks and four-straight points by Warren in transition enabled Berea to extend its lead back to 10 points and they never let Cincinnati Christian get any closer.
DeAnn Ryan was also in double figures with 12 points, Malena Steve had eight points, Anna Loveless had seven points, Shakiera Bell added six points and Megan Walker had four points.
Parks is having a great year and has been on a roll as of late.
The junior has scored 117 total points in her past four games and has scored in double figures in 19 of 22 games this season.
She continues to move up the NAIA Division II rankings as well.
She is second on the Lady Mountaineers in scoring, averaging 17.36 points per game, which ranks her 42nd in the nation.
She is seventh in Division II in three-pointers made per game (3.476). The five three pointers she made against CCU, gives her 78 for the season, good enough for 12th in Division II.
Berea is set to return to action Saturday at Indiana University-Southeast.
Mountaineers 95, Cincinnati Christian 76
Six Mountaineers scored in double figures to help Berea College (13-11, 6-7 KIAC) pick up a 95-76 win over Cincinnati Christian (16-10, 9-4 KIAC) Tuesday at the Seabury Center.
Berea broke open a close game mid-way through the first half and built a comfortable 49-32 cushion at the half.
The two teams played evenly in the second half, with the Mountaineers outscoring CCU 46-44 to cruise to the win.
Deon Banks led the very balanced Berea scoring attack with a team-best 19 points and six rebounds. Diashon Robinson and Anthony Myrks added 15 points each, while former Madison Southern standout Aaron Ponder had 13 points and five assists, Seth Beckham and Jalen Simmons had 10 points apiece.
London Moore had six points and Tyler Huff and Tevin Webster had two points each. Webster was a monster on the boards, finishing with a game-high 14 rebound, 11 on the offensive glass.
Berea is set to return to action Thursday at Indiana University-Southeast.