Lady Lions Upset No. 1 Mid America Nazarene in Overtime
"Kim Mallory recorded a double-double in the match-up with 24 points and 12 rebounds"
(1)MidAmerica Nazarene University

Lady Lions Upset No. 1 Mid America Nazarene in Overtime

Sat, Nov. 26, 2016 - [Women's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

JACKSON, Tenn. - The No. 8 Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team proved they can play with any team in the country Saturday, as Kim Mallory and Taleeah Cross combined for 48 points in a 76-67 victory over No. 1 Mid America Nazarene University in the Jackson Rotary Classic.

Kim Mallory led FHU (7-0, 2-0 AMC) on the offensive end with a double-double performance, as she put up 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds while Cross chipped in 24 points of her own and dished out five assists in the win.

Ashley Gibson led Mid America Nazarene (6-1) and all scorers in the game with 29 points while narrowly missing a double-double of her own, as she pulled down eight rebounds in the contest.

Despite being a much smaller team, the Lady Lions dominated the glass, as they out-rebounded the Pioneers 43-33 in the contest. FHU also shot a better percentage on the offensive end, as they shot 40 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc compared to Mid America Nazarene, who shot just 32 percent from the field and 30 percent from three-point range.

Mid America Nazarene would jump out to an early lead in the first quarter, as Ashley Gibson put the Pioneers on the board with a three point field goal. However, the Lady Lions would battle back courtesy of hot shooting from Taleeah Cross and Kim Mallory to take a 17-12 lead after the first stanza.

The Lady Lions would extend their lead to seven to begin the second quarter before Mid America Nazarene battled back to close the gap to three at the 30-27 mark with 1:30 remaining. Carrie Hatchel would extend FHU's lead back to five at the 32-27 mark before the Pioneers responded with a 7-0 run of their own to take a 34-32 lead entering the break.

The Lady Lions struggled to be aggressive on the defensive end as a result of Taleeah Cross and Sandrea Sylman getting in foul trouble early. Cross would end the first half with two fouls while Sylman remained on the bench for a majority of the second quarter with three fouls.

FHU also struggled with early mistakes in the first half, as they turned the ball over nine times compared to Mid America Nazarene who had just four turnovers in the first half.

Kim Mallory led the Lady Lions on the offensive end in the first half with nine points while Tiffany Pate dominated the glass with seven first half rebounds. Ashley Gibson led all scorers in the first half with 14 points while Bailey Rinehart had four assists.

Taleeah Cross would give the lead back to the Lady Lions to start the second half, as she connected on a three point field goal to put FHU up 35-34. However, both teams would continue to battle back and forth for the remainder of the quarter before FHU was able to go on an 8-0 run to close the quarter with a 52-48 lead entering the final quarter of play.

Foul troubles would continue to plague the Lady Lions in the fourth quarter, as Sylman, Mallory and Pate would all carry three fouls in the final stanza. The Lady Lions found some rhythm on the offensive end, as they were able to take a five point lead at the 62-57 mark.

The Pioneers; however, would respond with a 6-0 run of their own to take a 63-62 lead with 53 seconds remaining. Both teams would continue to battle back and forth the rest of the way until things were knotted up at 65 apiece at the end of regulation to force overtime.

The overtime period would belong to FHU, as the Lady Lions out-shot the Pioneers 11-2 on their way to a 76-67 victory. Mallory and Cross would put the Lady Lions on their back in the final five minutes, as they contributed all 11 of FHU's overtime points to secure the win. 

With the win, the Lady Lions improve to 7-0 on the season. Mid America Nazarene falls to 6-1 on the season with the loss.