COLUMBIA, Mo. – Stephens College kept pace with the hot ninth-ranked Lyon College women's basketball team in the first half, but a strong third quarter helped the Scots sprint by the Stars in the end, 72-56. Lyon led 31-24 at halftime before their high-powered third quarter to continue the trend in the fourth quarter on their way to victory at Silverthorne Arena Thursday night.
Elliot Taylor (SR/Cabot, Ark.) scored a team high 13 points, while Liz Henderson (FR/Newark, Ark.) (pictured below left) had 12 points and five assists on the night. Kelsey Smith (SR/Little Rock, Ark.) chipped in nine points to round out the trio.
Lyon improves to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the American Midwest Conference on the season, while Stephens falls to 1-8 overall and 0-3 in conference play. The Scots move into first place in the AMC with a 3-0 mark in the conference, while No. 8 Freed-Hardeman is in second with a 7-0 overall record and 2-0 mark in AMC play.
BY THE NUMBERS
28 – Jamie Jackson (SR/Beebe, Ark.), Ali Tucker (SO/Jonesboro, Ark.), Madison Riley (FR/Judsonia, Ark.) and Samantha French (SO/Marshfield, Mo.) (pictured below right) combined for 28 of the Scots 72 points on the night. Jackson and Tucker each had eight points, while Riley and French added six. Jackson also added five steals, four rebounds and two assists, while Tucker had three steals and Riley and French posted five rebounds apiece.
41.4 – Lyon shot 41.4 percent from the field in the game, while Stephens shot 46.3 percent from the floor. Taylor led Lyon with six total field goals and Henderson was next in line with five total field goals.
33 – Lyon's defense forced Stephens to turn the ball over 33 total times, and scored 32 points off the Stars turnovers. The Scots had 13 total turnovers in the game, but Stephens was only able to cash in nine points off those mistakes.
18 – Lyon also had 13 total steals in the game, compared to just two for the Stars. Kiara Moore (SR/Little Rock, Ark.) finished second on the Scots with four steals, and Henderson added two, while Gracen Ratliff (FR/Batesville, Ark.) and Taylor had one steal apiece.
Lyon built an early lead in the first quarter of 13-3, before taking a 15-8 lead into the start of the second quarter. Jackson opened the second period with a basket to give the Scots a 17-8 lead, but Stephens kept the game close chipping away to trail 21-17 at one point. Lyon would score 10 more points in the period – capped off by a basket from French as the Scots took a 31-24 lead at halftime.
Lyon then used the third quarter to start their breakaway from the Stars. Lyon would outscore Stephens 26-9 in the quarter, ignited by 10 straight points from Tucker and Henderson. The Scots took a 57-33 lead to the fourth quarter, before pulling away for 15 more points in the final period to cap off the win.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE SCOTS
The Scots continue their road trip as they travel to Parkville, Mo., to face Park University on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
|Lyon College 6-1 (AMC 3-0)||15||16||26||15||72|
|Stephens (Mo.) 1-8 (AMC 0-3)||8||16||9||23||56|
|Dec. 1, 2016|
|Lyon College||Indv. Leaders||Stephens (Mo.)|
|#33 Elliot Taylor - 13||Points||#5 Sierra Pryor - 14|
|2 Players (#30,#50,#20,#21) - 2||Rebounds||#10 Kendahl Adams - 9|
|#5 Liz Henderson - 5||Assists||#25 Sadie Dugger - 3|
|Lyon College||Team Statistics||Stephens (Mo.)|
|41.4% (29 - 70)||Field Goals %||46.3% (19 - 41)|
|29.4% (5 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||43.8% (7 - 16)|
|81.8% (9 - 11)||Free Throws||68.8% (11 - 16)|
|10||2nd Chance Pts||2|