Lady Lions move to 24-0; down Williams Baptist 96-47
"Hatchel fired in 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting from behind the arc in the victory"
Williams Baptist College

Lady Lions move to 24-0; down Williams Baptist 96-47

Thu, Feb. 9, 2017 - [Women's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team made it look easy Thursday night, as they cruised to their 24th win of the season with a 96-47 victory over Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

Kim Mallory led the Lady Lions on the attack, as she put up 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Taleeah Cross followed close behind, as she chipped in 16 points and dished out six assists.

Carrie Hatchel and Haylee Croom also reached double digits in the match-up, as Hatchel fired in 14 points after going 4-for-6 from behind the arc while Croom put up 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the win.

The Lady Lions also won the rebound battle in the match-up, as they out-rebounded the Eagles 48-32, led by Mallory and Croom, who each pulled down nine rebounds in the win.

The Lady Lions (24-0, 18-0 AMC) shot an impressive 52 percent in the game compared to Williams Baptist (10-14, 7-11 AMC), who shot 31 percent from the field and just 12 percent from behind the arc on 2-for-16 shooting.

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 contributed a majority of the scoring for the Lady Lions in the first quarter, as FHU took a 24-13 lead.

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 Eagles 28-8 in the second frame to take a commanding 52-21 lead entering the break.

The Lady Lions shot an impressive 59 percent from the field and 58 percent from behind the arc in the first half, led by Taleeah Cross, who poured in 13 points after going 5-for-8 from the field and 3-for-4 from behind the arc.

Kim Mallory and Carrie Hatchel also reached double digits in the first half, as Mallory put up 12 points while Hatchel chipped in 11 points, courtesy of a 3-for-4 shooting performance from behind the arc.

The Lady Lions also won the battle on the glass in the first half, as they out-rebounded the Eagles 26-12, led by Tiffany Pate, who pulled down six rebounds throughout the first two quarters. FHU also received solid contribution from their bench in the first half, as they combined for 23 of FHU's 52 points.

The Lady Lions continued to roll in the second half, as they continued to extend their lead over the Lady Eagles. FHU out-shot Williams Baptist 18-16 in the third quarter and followed it up with a 26-10 shooting frenzy in the final stanza to reach their largest lead of the game to end regulation with the 96-47 victory.

With the win, the Lady Lions improve to 24-0 on the season and 18-0 in conference play. Williams Baptist falls to 10-14 on the season and 7-11 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions return home Saturday, February 11, as they play host to Central Baptist (Ark.) College. Tip off is slated for 1:00 PM at the Brewer Sports Center.