Grace College sophomore Gabby Bryant goes airborne to make a pass during the first half of Friday's game against Southern Wesleyan. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Grace College sophomore Gabby Bryant goes airborne to make a pass during the first half of Friday's game against Southern Wesleyan. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
 WINONA LAKE – Despite losing its final three games, Grace College’s women's basketball team wrapped up one of its best seasons in program history at the NCCAA National Championships on Friday, falling 73-72 on a late basket against Southern Wesleyan.
The Lady Lancers (17-18) went ahead by one with less than 25 seconds remaining when Allison Kauffman buried a three-pointer from the corner. Southern Wesleyan's Kiara Coleman scored on a rebound putback, however, for what turned out to be the game winner.
After a timeout by Grace head coach Scott Blum, senior Juaneice Jackson let fly with a deep three-pointer from the left wing, but her shot bounced off the back of the rim and inches away from winning the game.
Jackson ended her career as the greatest Lady Lancer in program history. She finished her career with a program-best 1,893 points. She racked up 73 wins over her career, crushing the previous four-year record for Grace of 56 wins.
Additionally, Jackson's 254 assists finished seventh all-time, and her 18.5 points per game as a senior tied for third-best in team history. She also set the program record this year for the most field goals made (249) and attempted (602).
In Friday's contest, Jackson finished with 18 points, while Kauffman led all players with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Grace never trailed in the first half of the seventh-place game against Southern Wesleyan, limiting the Warriors to 23 points on 29-percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.
The Lady Lancers ballooned their lead to 14 points in the second half with a 46-32 lead with 12:45 remaining. But the Warriors fought back and finally knotted the score at 68-68 on two free throws by Michelle Anaya.
Southern Wesleyan hit a three-pointer with 2:02 remaining to take its first lead of the game at 71-69, and Kauffman's late three-pointer swung the lead back to Grace in dramatic fashion. But after forcing Southern Wesleyan into a missed shot on its final offensive possession, Coleman scored the putback to win the game.
Chelsie Waters led Southern Wesleyan with 19 points, while Coleman finished with 12, Brooke Strickland scored 11 and Christiana Perkins and Briana Seda chipped in with 10 points each.

SOUTHERN WESLEYAN 73, GRACE COLLEGE 72
SW    23    50    –    73
Grace    27    45    –    72
SW – Kiara Coleman 6-15 0-0 12, Brooke Strickland 3-7 4-6 11, Christiana Perkins 4-10 0-0 10, Michelle Anaya 2-4 3-4 7, Cayse Branyon 1-5 2-2 4, Chelsie Waters 7-17 4-6 19, Briana Seda 4-9 2-4 10, Kristi Cessna 0-1 0-0 0, Rachel Garcia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-68 15-22 73.
Grace – Allison Kauffman 11-24 1-2 26, Juaneice Jackson 6-20 4-5 18, Gabby Bryant 3-6 0-2 8, Lindsey Schaefer 1-4 4-8 6, Darian Patton 0-1 2-4 2, Kelsey Sule 0-0 6-6 6, Micah Pollard 0-2 2-4 2, Chloe Pridgen 0-3 2-2 2, Sarah Feasby 1-1 0-0 2, Dariyan Morris 0-1 0-0 0, Tiffany Petro 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-63 21-34 72.
Three-pointers – SW 4 (Perkins 2, Strickland, Waters), Grace 7 (Kauffman 3, Jackson 2, Bryant 2); Rebounds – SW 40 (Coleman 12), Grace 41 (Kauffman 11, Schaefer 11); Turnovers – SW 14, Grace 20; Fouls – SW 22, Grace 15; Records: SW 13-18, Grace 17-18