Worcester, MA- Worcester State's Kaiylyn Berkel collected 16 points while teammate Britt Herring notched a double double in leading the Lancer women's basketball team past MCLA 55-51 in a hard fought MASCAC matchup. With the win, the Lancers sweep the season series and are now 8-12 overall and sit at 4-2 in the league.
MCLA drops their third straight game in falling to 7-11 on the season and are now 2-5 in the conference.
The game featured five lead changes and six ties, with many of them coming in the fourth quarter. The Lancers held a slim 38-36 lead heading into the home quarter, but MCLA started the final ten minutes fast. MCLA's Courtney McLaughlin scored to open the quarter and when Brayleigh Hanlon converted a three pointer, it was 41-38 in favor of MCLA. The Trailblazers would move out to a 44-40 advantage before Worcester rallied to take control behind Berkel and Herring.
The duo would each convert to tie the game at 44 and after a Hanlon layup gave MCLA the lead again, Bianca Langford made a pair of FT's to tie it at 46-46 with 4:23 left to play. McLaughlin would make one of two from the line for MCLA's last lead at 47-46 and on the next possession, Berkel converted an old fashioned three point play to put the Lancers in front for good at 49-47.
Berkel would score WSU's next four points while the Lancer defense kept MCLA at bay as they extended to a 53-49 lead. Worcester State's Brianna Hackett made two free throws to ice the game making it 55-49 with just eight seconds remaining.
Berkel went 6-16 from the floor for her 16 point night. She would add 7 rebounds in the win. Herring finished with 12 points and 12 boards. She also added 3 blocks. No other Lancer was in double figures. Worcester overcame a 39% shooting night and 15 turnovers.
MCLA will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Westfield State.