Cross lifts Lady Lions over Bethel 56-50 on Homecoming
"Cross led the Lady Lions on the offensive end with 19 points in the win"
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Cross lifts Lady Lions over Bethel 56-50 on Homecoming

Sat, Nov. 12, 2016 - [Women's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - It might have taken overtime to do it, but the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team prevailed Saturday over in-state rival Bethel University 56-50 on Homecoming at the Brewer Sports Center.

Taleeah Cross led the charge for FHU (2-0), as she put up 19 points and pulled down six rebounds in the win. Morgan Warren followed close behind with 10 points while Tiffany Pate took care of things on the defensive end with an impressive five blocks.

Both teams struggled to get anything to fall throughout the contest, as the Lady Lions shot 32 percent in the game compared to Bethel (2-2) who shot just 23 percent.

Cayla Sheets led Bethel on the offensive end, as she racked up 16 points while Madison Steppee put up a double-double performance with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Both teams went back and forth to start the game, as the first quarter saw four ties and three lead changes. Taleeah Cross led the Lady Lions, as six of her 19 points came in the first quarter. Despite turning the ball over three times in the opening quarter, the Lady Lions were able to regroup to take a 15-11 lead entering the second quarter.

The second quarter was much of the same, as both teams continued to go back and forth in the defensive struggle. Despite solid defense from both sides, the Lady Lions were able to reach their largest lead of the half at the 19-14 mark with five minutes remaining, courtesy of a layup by Morgan Warren. However, Bethel would keep FHU within striking distance, as they were able to close the gap at the 22-21 mark at the half.

The Lady Lions and Wildcats would continue the back and forth battle in the second half, as both teams would be knotted up at 43 apiece at the final buzzer to force overtime.

However, the Lady Lions would find their stride in the overtime period, as they out-shot the Wildcats 13-7 to open things up enough to pick up the 56-50 victory over the No. 10 team in the nation.

With the win, the Lady Lions improve to 2-0 on the season. Bethel University falls to 2-2 on the season with the loss. 

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions are back in action on the road Thursday, November 17, as they make the trip to St. Louis, Mo. to face Harris-Stowe State University. Tip off is scheduled for 5:30 PM.