Another night and another player steps up for the Schreiner University women's basketball team. It was Nylah Raines' turn to shine for the Mountaineers on Friday night.
Raines scored a season-high 18 points against Dallas to lead the Mountaineers to an 82-67 victory — improving Schreiner to 13-12 overall and 10-6 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Now, the Mountaineers wait to see who their first-round matchup will be against in the SCAC tournament next week. Schreiner is fourth in the conference and could play Southwestern in the first round. The winner would play No. 1-seeded and undefeated Trinity in the semifinals.
Coming into Friday's game, Raines' previous scoring high was 10 points on Nov. 27 against Howard Payne. Against Dallas, Raines was 7-for-7 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and she was 2-for-4 from the free-throw line.
The effort helped Schreiner overcome a withering scoring performance by Dallas' Canai McPherson, who scored a game-high 37 points in the losing effort.
However, Schreiner's depth was crucial. The Mountaineers rotated in six reserve players, while Dallas managed just three. The Schreiner bench outscored Dallas 46-4.
The Mountaineers opened the game with a 10-0 start en route to a 21-18 first-quarter lead. Then the Mountaineers went cold, letting the Crusaders back into the game in the second quarter. Dallas held a slight lead until Nariyah Buggs tied the game at 28-28 with 4:49 left in the half. Raines made a layup on the next possession to give the Mountaineers a 30-28 lead — a lead they would never relinquish.
Seniors Josline Hernandez and Gabby Ivarra, who still have one season of eligibility left with the Mountaineers, turned in strong efforts against Dallas. Hernandez scored 13 points, while Ivarra had 12 points and eight rebounds.