Lady Lions dominate Hannibal-LaGrange 74-32 on the road
Hannibal-LaGrange University

Lady Lions dominate Hannibal-LaGrange 74-32 on the road

Sat, Jan. 28, 2017 - [Women's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HANNIBAL, Mo. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team continued their undefeated streak Saturday, as they notched their 21st straight win with a 74-32 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange University on the road in Hannibal, Mo.

Kim Mallory led the Lady Lions on the attack, as she put up 13 points and pulled down six rebounds. Taleeah Cross followed close behind, as she chipped in 12 points after shooting a 50 percent clip from the field.

The Lady Lions also won the rebound battle in the match-up, as they out-rebounded the Trojans 48-21, led by Tiffany Pate's 10 carom's.

The Lady Lions (21-0, 15-0 AMC) shot 41 percent in the game compared to Hannibal-LaGrange (3-18, 3-13 AMC), who shot 27 percent from the field and just 8 percent from behind the arc on 1-for-12 shooting.

Emma Penn paced Hannibal-LaGrange on the offensive end, as she put up nine points and pulled down five rebounds in the match-up. Kenna Greenway followed close behind, as she chipped in eight points of her own in the loss.

The Lady Lions started the game quick and jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, courtesy of hot shooting by Taleeah Cross and Kim Mallory, who combined for 15 of FHU's 20 points in the opening stanza. FHU would reach a double digit lead to end the first quarter with a 20-7 advantage.

The second quarter would be much of the same for the Lady Lions, as they continued to use hot shooting and solid defense to extend their lead in the match-up. The Lady Lions out-shot the Trojans 23-7 in the second frame to take a commanding 43-14 lead entering the break.

The Lady Lions shot an impressive 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc in the first half, led by Kim Mallory, who poured in 11 points after shooting 5-for-10 from the field and 1-for-3 from behind the arc. Taleeah Cross also reached double digits in the first half, as she chipped in 10 points, shooting 4-for-7 from the field.

The Lady Lions also won the battle on the glass in the first half, as they out-rebounded the Trojans 20-5, led by Tiffany Pate, who pulled down five rebounds. FHU also received solid contribution from their bench in the first half, as they combined for 20 of FHU's 43 points.

The Lady Lions continued to roll in the second half, as they reached their largest lead of the game at the 74-30 mark following a basket and a bruise by Haylee Croom with under two minutes remaining in regulation. FHU would keep their foot on the gas pedal to finish out the game, as they cruised to a  74-32 victory for their 21st win of the season.

With the win, the Lady Lions improve to 21-0 on the season and 15-0 in conference play. The Trojans fall to 3-18 on the season and 3-13 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions are back in action Thursday, February 2nd, as they make the trip to Columbia, Mo. to take on Stephens College. Tip off is slated for 7:30 PM.