Lady Lions Cruise to 23rd Win; down Park 86-49
"Taleeah Cross led the Lady Lions in the win with 24 points and 10 rebounds"
Park University

Lady Lions Cruise to 23rd Win; down Park 86-49

Sat, Feb. 4, 2017 - [Women's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

PARKVILLE, Mo. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team continued their dominance in conference play Saturday, as they cruised to an 86-49 victory over Park University on the road in Parkville, Mo.

Taleeah Cross led the Lady Lions on the offensive end with a double-double performance, as she put up 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Cross nearly reached triple-double status in the match-up, as she also dished out six assists in the win.

Kim Mallory followed close behind, as she chipped in 22 points, 15 of which came in the first half. Tiffany Pate and Cross led the Lady Lions on the glass, as each pulled down 10 rebounds to account for 20 of FHU's 44 rebounds in the game.

The Lady Lions (23-0, 17-0 AMC) shot a solid 45 percent from the field in the game compared to Park University (5-15, 5-12 AMC) who shot just 35 percent from the field in the loss. FHU also won the battle on the glass, as they out-rebounded the Pirates 44-25, led by Cross and Pate, who each pulled down 10 rebounds. 

Kianna Lane and Selena Dunn led the Pirates on the offensive end, as Lane put up 11 points while Dunn followed close behind with 10. Dunn also led the Pirates on the glass with eight rebounds.

The Lady Lions dominated the match-up from the opening tip, as they limited the Pirates to just four points in the first quarter of the game, which allowed FHU to take a commanding 24-4 lead. Kim Mallory dominated the first quarter, as she fired in 12 of FHU's 24 points to lead the Lady Lions entering the second quarter.

FHU continued to pull away in the second quarter, as Mallory continued her hot shooting, chipping in three more points to lead the Lady Lions to a 41-17 lead entering the break. Mallory led all scorers in the first half with 15 points, as she shot an impressive 7-for-8 from the stripe.

The Lady Lions continued to dominate in the second half, as they maintained a double digit lead for the remainder of the game. FHU reached their largest lead of the game at the 86-46 mark with under a minute remaining in regulation on their way to an 86-49 victory on the road. 

With the win, the Lady Lions move to 23-0 on the season and 17-0 in conference play. Park University falls to 5-15 on the season and 5-12 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions are back in action Thursday, February 9th, as they make the trip to Walnut Ridge, Ark. to face Williams Baptist College. Tip off is slated for 5:30 PM.