GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Tusculum women's basketball team fell just four points shy of making South Atlantic Conference tournament history Sunday.
The sixth-seeded Lady Pioneers dropped a 55-52 decision to top-seeded Anderson in the championship game at Timmons Arena, just missing out on becoming the lowest seed ever to win the SAC tourney title. Only twice previously had a No. 6 seed advanced to the championship game: Gardner-Webb in 1992 and Elon in 1997. Newberry was a No. 5 seed when it won the 2006 tournament title.
After falling behind 24-16 at the half, Tusculum (16-13) stormed back with 36 second-half points. Kendal Baxter finished with 14 points, Nequoiah Anderson had 12 and Breaira Barksdale added 10 for the Lady Pioneers, who played in the tournament title game for the fifth time in six years.
Anderson (23-8), in its third year in the league, won the title in its first appearance in the championship game. Alissa Diaz had a game-high 15 points for the Trojans, who clinched the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament.