(CLEVELAND) – The Truett McConnell University women’s basketball team hosted Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Reinhardt University in their conference opener on Wednesday, where a late spark from the Lady Bears ultimately was not enough as they fell to a final score of 89-71.

The first quarter saw both teams even in play until a strong run gave the Eagles the advantage. Shots in the paint by Alysee Dobbs and Destinee Lovejoy worked to decrease the visiting teams lead, while back-to-back Mahalah Stewart three-pointers put TMU within five of bridging the gap. The second quarter proved a challenge for the Lady Bears as Reinhardt raised the bar, continuing to put pressure on the home team into the third quarter. The fourth and final quarter saw an increase in speed my TMU, sparked by an Alexis Brewster jump shot and a Brinkley Kate Reed three-pointer. The Lady Bears gave it their all until the final minute of regulation, ultimately not enough as RU stole the win with a final score of 71-89.

Brewster led the way with 21 points, followed by Dobbs who recorded 15 points and went 6-7 at the free throw line. Stewart tallied 12 points on the night and went 3-6 at the three-point arc, while Reed tallied 12 points and went 4-8 at the three-point arc.

The Lady Bears are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 11, where they will hit the road to face AAC foe Bluefield University at 2:00 p.m.