Beyer scores 33 points in final career game with UHSP

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy guard Grace Beyer warms up before an NAIA game against Cottey College last month in St. Louis. (Associated Press)
University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy guard Grace Beyer warms up before an NAIA game against Cottey College last month in St. Louis. (Associated Press)

COLUMBIA -- NAIA scoring sensation Grace Beyer finished her collegiate career Saturday night, scoring 33 points in University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis’ 70-62 loss to Columbia College in the semifinals of the women’s American Midwest Conference Tournament.

Beyer completes her career with a women’s NAIA-record 3,961 points. She became the NAIA all-time leader when she passed Miriam Walker-Samuels in UHSP’s final regular season game a week ago.

Her total is the fifth-most of any college player, trailing only John Pierce (NAIA David Lipscomb, 4,230 points), Philip Hutcheson (Lipscomb, 4,106), all-time women’s leader Pearl Moore (AIAW Francis Marion, 4,061) and Travis Grant (Division II Kentucky State, 4,045).

Caitlin Clark of Iowa recently set the NCAA Division I women’s record and has 3,650 points heading into today’s game against Ohio State.

Beyer scored 25 points in the first half against Columbia College and UHSP led 41-37 at the break. She was 6-for-16 shooting, including 3-for-4 on 3-pointers, and made all 10 of her free throws.

Columbia College outscored the Eutectics 18-10 in the third quarter and scored the first five points of the fourth to go up 60-51. UHSP rallied and the score was 66-62 with 3:23 remaining but Columbia College scored the next four points to advance to the tournament’s championship game.

Beyer, who scored a season-high 54 points in an 85-77 quarterfinal win against Missouri Baptist, finished 8-for-29 shooting and was perfect in 14 free-throw attempts. She missed the final shot of her collegiate career with 29 seconds left.

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