BILLINGS, Mont. – The third-seeded Lyon College women's basketball team made a strong comeback in the second half, after trailing by eight at halftime to Westmont College (Calif.), but fell in the end 65-53 in the second round of the National Tournament at Rimrock Auto Arena. The Scots, who were making their second straight appearance in the second round of the tournament, opened up the third quarter on a 10-0 run to take a two point lead. The Scots kept pace with the Warriors, but Westmont made a strong push in the final period to pull out the victory.
Kiara Moore (SR/Little Rock, Ark.) led the Scots with 14 points, while Elliot Taylor (SR/Cabot, Ark.) (pictured below right) had 11 points. Sarah Elkins (SO/Greenwood, Ark.) also chipped in 10 points and six rebounds.
Westmont was led by Kayla Sato and Lauren McCoy's double-doubles. Sato finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while McCoy had 12 points and 10 boards.
Lyon's season comes to an end as they finish the 2016-17 campaign with a 28-6 record. The 28 wins on the season ties the 2012-13 mark, which is the second best in program history. Westmont improves to 29-4 and advances to the quarterfinals of the National Tournament, and will face No. 1 seed Lewis Clark-State College (Idaho) in the quarterfinals.
BY THE NUMBERS
35.6 – Lyon totaled a 35.6 percentage from the field on 21-of-59 shooting. The Scots came out strong hitting 40.0 percent of their shots in the first half, but struggled a bit in the second going 9-for-29 for 31.0 percent. Westmont went 27-of-47 from the floor for 57.4 percent.
16 – Westmont outrebounded Lyon 38-22 in the game. Elkins led the Scots with six boards, while Moore had four. Taylor and Liz Henderson (FR/Newark, Ark.) each grabbed three.
13 – Lyon had 13 total assists as Moore led the team with five. Kelsey Smith (SR/Little Rock, Ark.) and Samantha French (SO/Marshfield, Mo.) (pictured below) each had two. Westmont had 18 assists, led by six apiece from Aimee Brakken and Cora Chan.
7 – After trailing by just five points at the end of three quarters, the Warriors outscored the Scots by seven in the fourth – 16-9. The Scots hung around with Westmont through much of the game, but fell behind in the fourth quarter, going just 4-of-13 from the field.
Lyon trailed 13-6 early in the first quarter, but continued to keep pace with Westmont throughout the first half. Lyon would cut the deficit numerous times, before trailing 39-31 at halftime.
The Scots then came out on fire in the third quarter – going on a 10-0 run to start the period, and take a 41-39 lead. Both teams battled as the Warriors retook the lead at 49-42 with 1:12 left in the quarter. Elkins then made a basket at the buzzer of the period to cut the deficit to five, 49-44.
Lyon would trail by just four at 53-49 midway through the fourth quarter, before Westmont scored 11 straight points over a three and a half minute stretch to take a 64-49 lead with two and a half minutes left. The Scots tried to continue their second half heroics, but fell just short as Westmont pulled away.
Head Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange Quotes:
On Westmont's post presence on the offensive end
"We knew their post play would be a struggle if we let them get deep. We struggled to keep them up high and we needed to turn and front. We wanted them to take that free-throw jumper or prove themselves there, and they hit it more today than I've seen them on film. We had quite a few points in the paint as well, but we just needed to front a little bit more. When we did front and double teamed, they kicked it out and rotated it and knocked down enough shots to keep us at bay.
On the big run for the team to open up the third quarter
"I thought the biggest difference was that they played harder and more intensity in the first half. They're a very aggressive team and their guards come at you. We had to pick up our intensity level and play a lot harder and we did during that 10-0 stretch. We didn't do anything a lot different and we played a lot better together.
On the season as a whole and what the team has accomplished
"You get to this tournament and there's 32 great teams and they're all very good. This group has done some great things for our program and within our season. They've battled and overcome adversity and they have become a very good team. I told them win or lose we want to go down and play our game. I'm very proud of them and I hope they will be proud and have a better perspective and will be looking ahead. We will use this game to measure ourselves and if we can do that, these young players will bounce back and be better because of it.
|Westmont (Calif.) 29-4||18||21||10||16||65|
|Lyon College 28-6||11||20||13||9||53|
|Mar. 17, 2017|
|Westmont (Calif.)||Indv. Leaders||Lyon College|
|#10 Kayla SATO - 21||Points||#1 Kiara Moore - 14|
|#10 Kayla SATO - 11||Rebounds||#3 Sarah Elkins - 6|
|2 Players (#03,#23) - 6||Assists||#1 Kiara Moore - 5|
|Westmont (Calif.)||Team Statistics||Lyon College|
|57.4% (27 - 47)||Field Goals %||35.6% (21 - 59)|
|37.5% (3 - 8)||3 Point Field Goals %||20% (2 - 10)|
|72.7% (8 - 11)||Free Throws||69.2% (9 - 13)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||9|