(DEMOREST, GA) - The 2019 USA South Women's Basketball Tournament championship game took place on Sunday, February 24 on the campus of Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia as West top-seed Piedmont defeated West second-seeded Berea, 74-67, to capture the program's third consecutive USA South Tournament title.
After a quick run to open the game from Berea, Piedmont closed out the first quarter on a 16-8 run to grab an 18-16 lead. In the second quarter, both teams traded a number of baskets but it was the Lions with a 28-25 halftime advantage. Piedmont scored the first six points of the third quarter and later built a ten-point lead that Berea cut to two by the end of the stanza. The teams traded runs of seven points from the Lions and five points from the Mountaineers to open the final quarter but it was Piedmont who pulled away to grab the championship.
Piedmont was led by Amari Price who scored a team-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds, one assist and one steal. For her efforts during the tournament, Price was named the Most Valuable Player. Kelly Ackerman was the only other Lion scoring in double figures with 15 points. Berea was led by Bethanie Williams who scored a game-high 24 points with six rebounds and five assists.
The 2019 USA South Women's Basketball All-Tournament Team:
Kelly Ackerman, Piedmont
T.I. Duncan, Huntingdon
Hope Franklin, Piedmont
Briana Lanham, Berea
Amari Price, Piedmont (MVP)
Bethanie Williams, Berea
|2019 USA South Women's Basketball Tournament Schedule (all times EST unless noted)|
|First Round - Wednesday, February 13 (games played at higher-seeded team)
Game 1: #5 West-LaGrange - 53 #4 West-Maryville - 63
Game 2: #6 East-Meredith - 74 #3 East-William Peace - 78
Game 3: #5 East-N.C. Wesleyan - 108 #4 East-Mary Baldwin - 114 (ot)
Game 4: #6 West-Covenant - 72 #3 West-Huntingdon - 85
|Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 16 (games played at higher-seeded team)
Game 5: #4 West-Maryville - 65 #1 East-Averett - 68
Game 6: #3 East-William Peace - 52 #2 West-Berea - 71
Game 7: #4 East-Mary Baldwin - 53 #1 West-Piedmont - 84
Game 8: #3 West-Huntingdon - 57 #2 East-Greensboro- 47
|Semifinals - Saturday, February 23 (played at Piedmont College)
#3 West-Huntingdon - 53 #1 West-Piedmont - 68
#2 West-Berea - 77 #1 East-Averett - 73
|Final - Sunday, February 24 (played at Piedmont College)
#2 West-Berea - 67 #1 West-Piedmont - 74
All times subject to change. Continue following www.usasouth.net for all updates.