Fri, Jul. 31, 2009 - [FHU News]
The countdown of 2008-09's top moments concludes today with the top two moments as voted on by fans of Freed-Hardeman University athletics.

Voting was so close that the top two moments could almost literally be listed 1a and 1b as only .02 points separated them.

2. Jana Cross is named the WBCA/State Farm NAIA Player of the Year.

There is a long list of outstanding players who have come through the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball program.  But only one can lay claim to one of the most prestigious individual awards given to an NAIA player.

On March 17, junior forward Jana Cross was announced as the WBCA/State Farm NAIA Player of the Year.  She was later honored at the WBCA National Convention in St. Louis.

Cross finished her junior season averaging 19.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, vaulting her into eighth place in career scoring with 1,675 points and leaving her 325 points shy of becoming the fourth player in program history to score 2,000 points.

She has the opportunity to become FHU's first four-time All-American this season.  As a freshman, she was named to the third team; as a sophomore and junior, she was a first-team selection.

1. Men's basketball heads to the national tournament for first time since 1998.

In the 2006-07 season, the Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team won a total of nine games.

Two seasons later, it was an entirely different story.

The Lions enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in program history after winning 24 games (one shy of the school record), winning a record 13 games in conference play and advancing to the conference championship game for the first time ever, and heading to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Unfortunately, the trip to Kansas City was a short one.  FHU fell in the opening round to eventual national champion Rocky Mountain (Mont.) College, 78-77 in overtime.

With the amount of talent returning to the floor in 2009-10 - including second-team All-American Zack Frey - the Lions stand a good chance to head back to Municipal Auditorium for another run in March.

Thanks to everyone who voted.  Look for this again next summer.