BATESVILLE, Ark. – Ali Tucker (SO/Jonesboro, Ark.) finished three points shy of her career high Thursday night by leading then ninth-ranked Lyon College women's basketball team with 20 points in a 100-73 win over Missouri Baptist inside James C. Becknell Gymnasium. The Scots made a late push in the fourth quarter to secure the team's third straight win, and eighth victory in the last nine games.
Lyon is now an unbeaten 11-0 all-time against Missouri Baptist, winning six straight at home against the Spartans.
Liz Henderson (FR/Newark, Ark.) (pictured below) followed Tuckers' 20 point outing with a career high 17 points, while Kiara Moore (SR/Little Rock, Ark.) had 14 points, five assists and four steals. Madison Riley (FR/Judsonia, Ark.) also chipped in 13 points followed by 11 points from Sarah Elkins (SO/Greenwood, Ark.).
Missouri Baptist was led by 25 points from Amanda Scott and 18 points by Shaylen Robinson.
Lyon improves to 17-3 overall and 13-2 in the American Midwest Conference, while Missouri Baptist falls to 7-14 overall and 6-11 in the AMC. Lyon remains in second place in the conference, while Missouri Baptist is tied for seventh in the AMC. In other AMC action on Thursday, No. 1 Freed-Hardeman defeated Stephens 81-37 to continue their unbeaten streak of 22 straight wins – 16 of which have come in conference play. No. 13 Columbia sits in third place after a hard fought 64-52 win over Lindenwood-Belleville, while William Woods defeated Hannibal-LaGrange 79-40 to hold onto the fourth spot in the conference.
BY THE NUMBERS
52.9 – Lyon had a field day from beyond the arc hitting 9-of-17 shots for 52.9 percent. Tucker led the way with four three-pointers, while Henderson and Riley each recorded one long range field goal. Moore added the lone remaining three-pointer.
19 – The Scots shared the ball totaling 19 assists on the night led by five apiece by Moore and Riley. Henderson and Elkins each had three assists, followed by one each from Tucker, Elliot Taylor (SR/Cabot, Ark.) and Kelsey Smith (SR/Little Rock, Ark.).
56.7 – Lyon's long range shooting also was helped out by a 56.7 overall field goal percentage in the game. The Scots went 34-of-60 on the night, led by a 7-of-10 outing by Tucker. Henderson, Elkins and Moore each made five field goals, while Riley made four and Taylor and Ratliff totaled three made field goals apiece.
21 – The Scots defense stepped up late in the game forcing much needed turnovers, as the Spartans had 21 mistakes on the night. Lyon forced the Spartans' Jessica Moore to turn the ball over six times, while scoring 37 points off all 21 turnovers from MBU.
Lyon held a small advantage in the first quarter, but was able to extend it at the buzzer of the first period, leading 23-15. The Scots then played a well-balanced second quarter, nailing 10-of-18 shots from the field to go up 52-32 at halftime.
The Spartans then climbed back in the third quarter trailing by just nine points at the end of the period, 71-62 but Lyon's defense stepped up in the fourth to run away with the win. The Scots extended their lead to 15 at 80-65 just over two minutes into the final quarter.
Riley and Henderson later hit back-to-back three-point shots to give the Scots a 92-70 lead with 3:40 left, which helped Lyon build a 20-8 run in the final six and a half minutes of the game.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE SCOTS
Lyon hosts St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Scots then play a makeup game from Jan. 14 at Harris-Stowe on Monday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in St. Louis, Mo.
|Missouri Baptist 7-14, 6-11 AMC||15||17||30||11||73|
|Lyon College 17-3, 13-2 AMC||23||29||19||29||100|
|Feb. 2, 2017|
|Missouri Baptist||Indv. Leaders||Lyon College|
|#00 Amanda Scott - 25||Points||#21 Ali Tucker - 20|
|2 Players (#00,#32) - 6||Rebounds||#30 Madison Riley - 5|
|#2 Riley Reddin - 6||Assists||2 Players (#1,#30) - 5|
|Missouri Baptist||Team Statistics||Lyon College|
|44.9% (22 - 49)||Field Goals %||56.7% (34 - 60)|
|45.5% (5 - 11)||3 Point Field Goals %||52.9% (9 - 17)|
|88.9% (24 - 27)||Free Throws||88.5% (23 - 26)|
|10||2nd Chance Pts||13|