BILLINGS, Mont. – The third-seeded and ninth-ranked Lyon College women's basketball team (28-5) will continue their run in the National Tournament Friday, when they take on No. 2 seed Westmont College (Calif.) in the second round at Rimrock Auto Arena at 5:30 p.m. CT. The Scots are coming off an impressive 71-59 win, over Mid-South Conference member No. 6 seed University of Pikeville (Ky.) on Thursday in first round play.
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The game will also be shown in the Dining Hall of the Edwards Commons building on the Lyon College campus.
Scouting Westmont College
Westmont is making their 12th all-time appearance in the National Tournament, and comes into this game with a 28-4 overall record. The Warriors are ranked seventh in the Top 25 Poll and are a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference. Westmont won their conference tournament, with a 61-52 win over The Masters University (Calif.). The Warriors are led by one of their three seniors in Aysia Shellmire, who entered the tournament with 14.8 points per game. Kayla Sato and Lauren McCoy are also averaging double-figures with 11.6 and 10.4 points. McCoy also has a team high 8.5 rebounds per game, while Shellmire is second with 7.4.
Westmont advanced to the second round after narrowly defeating No. 7 seed Louisiana State University-Shreveport 57-52 on Thursday.
Lyon is 0-2 all-time against Westmont with both meetings coming in the National Tournament. The Scots fell 74-63 in 2015, and 59-57 in 2012. Both losses came in the first round of the National Tournament.
Leading the Scots
Lyon is led by Kiara Moore (SR/Little Rock, Ark.)'s 13.3 points and 2.1 steals per game. Sarah Elkins (SO/Greenwood, Ark.), Liz Henderson (FR/Newark, Ark.) and Madison Riley (FR/Judsonia, Ark.) are hovering around the double-digit mark as Elkins and Henderson are posting 9.2 points, while Riley has 9.0 points. Elliot Taylor (SR/Cabot, Ark.) and Elkins are each averaging a team high 5.1 rebounds per game, while Taylor has blocked 21 total shots. Moore and Riley are second on the team with 16 blocks apiece. Lyon used a balanced attack on Thursday as Henderson, Riley and Taylor combined for 34 of the team's 71 points. Hailey Hastings (SR/Batesville Ark.) (pictured below left) and Kelsey Smith (SR/Little Rock, Ark.) (pictured below right) also added a combined 16 points off the bench.
Ali Tucker (SO/Jonesboro, Ark.) is the top sharpshooter for Lyon as she is shooting 45.3 percent from three-point range, and is averaging 7.8 points per game. Her high percentage beyond the arc is one of the best in the country, while she has also made 73 total three-point field goals. Henderson is also shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc, and leads the Scots with 2.8 assists.
Overall the Scots are ranked sixth in the NAIA shooting 45.0 percent from the field, and are allowing just 56.0 points per game. The Scots are also shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc to rank fourth in the NAIA, and have made 267 total baskets from beyond the arc to rank sixth in the nation.
With a win, the Scots would advance to the quarterfinal round on Saturday. Lyon would be matched up with either No. 1 seed Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) or No. 5 seed Bethel University (Tenn.). Tip-off would be scheduled for 7 p.m. CT