BATESVILLE, Ark. – In the American Midwest Conference Game of the Week, the eighth-ranked Lyon College women's basketball team kept pace with No. 1 Freed-Hardeman University, but eventually fell 61-49 to the Lions inside James C. Becknell Gymnasium Thursday night. The Scots struggled from the field shooting just 27.5 percent from the floor on 14-of-51 attempts.
Ali Tucker (SO/Jonesboro, Ark.) led Lyon with 14 points, while Kiara Moore (SR/Little Rock, Ark.) also scored in double-figures with 10 points. Liz Henderson (FR/Newark, Ark.) pitched in eight points and four rebounds.
Lyon falls to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the AMC for the season, while Freed-Hardeman improves to 12-0 overall and 6-0 in the AMC to take sole possession of first place in the conference. The loss for the Scots snapped a nine game winning streak, but Lyon is still in the top three of the conference, tied with William Woods University for second place with a 5-1 record. Columbia College holds onto the third spot with an 11-2 overall record and 5-2 mark in conference.
BY THE NUMBERS
22 – Lyon tried to get everyone involved as the Scots recorded 22 points off the bench in the game. Freed-Hardeman had 15 points off the bench.
19 – Elliot Taylor (SR/Cabot, Ark.), Madison Riley (FR/Judsonia, Ark.) and Gracen Ratliff (FR/Batesville, Ark.) combined for 19 of the team's 39 rebounds. Riley had a team high eight, while Taylor posted six and Ratliff had five.
38 – Freed-Hardeman was led by Kim Mallory's 22 points and Taleeah Cross's 16 points, as the two combined for 38. Carrie Hatchel also posted double figures for the Lions as she had 13.
26.3 – Lyon posted just a 26.3 percentage from beyond the arc, knocking down 5-of-19 from three-point range. Tucker went 4-for-5 from long range to lead the team and Henderson added the fifth three-pointer.
Each team traded baskets in the first period as the game was tied at 15 entering the second quarter. Freed-Hardeman was then able to score 13 points in the second quarter, while holding the Scots to just four in the period. Lyon trailed 28-19 at the break.
The Scots were however, able to claw back in the third quarter as Tucker hit two consecutive three-pointers with 1:44 remaining in the period to cut the deficit to five at 41-36. As the Lions led 45-38 after three quarters, the Scots scored five straight points including two free throws from Taylor and another three-pointer by Tucker to put the team within two, 45-43. The Lions then scored five straight points to take a seven point lead, and held a manageable 55-45 lead with 2:06 remaining.
Riley then made a basket for the Scots, but FHU closed the game out on a 6-2 run to take the first meeting of the season between the two top 10 squads, 61-49.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE SCOTS
The Scots host Williams Baptist College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Lyon then travels to Central Baptist College on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off with the Mustangs.
|Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 12-0, 6-0 AMC||15||13||17||16||61|
|Lyon College 9-2, 5-1 AMC||15||4||19||11||49|
|Dec. 29, 2016|
|Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Lyon College|
|#33 Kim Mallory - 22||Points||#21 Ali Tucker - 14|
|#33 Kim Mallory - 9||Rebounds||#30 Madison Riley - 8|
|#4 Taleeah Cross - 7||Assists||#30 Madison Riley - 3|
|Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Lyon College|
|32.2% (19 - 59)||Field Goals %||27.5% (14 - 51)|
|34.5% (10 - 29)||3 Point Field Goals %||26.3% (5 - 19)|
|81.3% (13 - 16)||Free Throws||80% (16 - 20)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||8|