Lady Lions catch fire; down Bethel 66-45
"Taleeah Cross led all scorers in the game with 25 points"
(10)Bethel University

Lady Lions catch fire; down Bethel 66-45

Tue, Nov. 22, 2016 - [Women's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

MCKENZIE, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team caught fire Tuesday night, as they came away with a convincing 66-45 victory over No. 10 Bethel University on the road in McKenzie, Tenn.

Taleeah Cross and Sandrea Sylman led the Lady Lions (5-0, 2-0 AMC) on the offensive end, as they accounted for 22 of FHU's 30 points in the first half and continued the momentum in the second stanza, as they cruised to a convincing win.

Cross led all scorers in the game with 25 points while Kim Mallory followed close behind with 15 points of her own. Tiffany Pate led the Lady Lions on the glass with 16 rebounds, including eight rebounds in the first half alone.

The Lady Wildcats (2-3) struggled on the offensive end in the game, shooting just 28 percent from the field and 28 percent from behind the arc.

Similar to the Lady Lions in the first half, Bethel relied on two players for a majority of their scoring, as Shamon Pearson and Morgan Martin led the Lady Wildcats on the offensive end, accounting for 17 of Bethel's 19 points in the first two quarters. Martin ended the night with 13 points to lead all scorers for the Lady Wildcats while Pearson followed close behind with 12 points.

The Lady Lions found success on the offensive end in the first half, as they shot 42 percent from the field compared to Bethel who shot just 29 percent from the field and 30 percent from behind the arc, as FHU was able to take a 30-19 lead entering the break.

The Lady Wildcats would come out firing to start the third quarter, as they rattled off four straight points to close FHU's lead to seven at the 30-23 mark. Tiffany Pate and Gabrielle Nicholson; however, would stop the bleeding as Pate would chip in a layup while Nicholson fired in a three pointer to extend the Lady Lion lead to 12 at the 35-23 mark.

The Lady Lions would keep a double digit lead for a majority of the game, as the closest Bethel came was seven points at the 35-28 mark with 6:22 remaining in the third quarter.

The Lady Lions would reach their largest lead of the game at the 57-34 mark with 6:20 remaining, as they cruised to a 66-45 victory on the road. FHU shot an impressive 46 percent from the field in the game, as they went 27-for-58 from the field. 

With the win, the Lady Lions move to 5-0 on the season. The Lady Wildcats fall to 2-3 on the season with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions are back in action Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, for the Jackson Rotary Classic at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn. The Lady Lions take on No. 16 Montana State-Northern Friday at 7:00 PM and follow it up Saturday with a 9:00 PM match-up against No. 1 Mid-America Nazarene.