Lady Lions roll to 27th win; top No. 12 Columbia 76-64
"Taleeah Cross led all scorers in the game with 30 points in the victory"
(12)Columbia College

Lady Lions roll to 27th win; top No. 12 Columbia 76-64

Thu, Feb. 16, 2017 - [Women's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Despite being a tight match-up the entire way, the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team managed to pick up their 27th win of the season, as a strong fourth quarter propelled them to a 76-64 victory over No. 12 Columbia on the road in Columbia, Mo.

Taleeah Cross led the way for Freed-Hardeman, as she shot an impressive 4-for-5 from behind the arc and chipped in 30 points in the victory. Tiffany Pate also came up big for FHU down the stretch with a double-double performance, as she put up 12 points and pulled down 16 rebounds.

Three other Lady Lion players reached double digits in the match-up, as Kim Mallory put up 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds while Sandrea Sylman and Carrie Hatchel each chipped in 10 points. The Lady Lions also won the battle on the glass, as they out-rebounded the Cougars 43-39, led by Pate's 16 rebounds. 

The Lady Lions (27-0, 21-0 AMC) shot 44 percent from the field in the game compared to Columbia College (22-5, 16-5 AMC), who shot 35 percent from the field and 31 percent from behind the arc.

Four players reached double digits for the Cougars, led by Morgan Brandt who ended the night with 15 points. Alexis Uffmann followed close behind with 13 points of her own after shooting 4-for-5 from the field. Ashlee Marlatt and Raegan Wieser rounded out the scoring for the Cougars, as Marlatt put up 12 points while Wieser chipped in 10.

The Lady Lions started the game slow, as Columbia scored the first four points in the game before Kim Mallory connected on a three ball to pull the Lady Lions within one point at the 4-3 mark. A jump shot by Taleeah Cross moments later would give FHU their first lead of the game at the 5-4 mark. From there the Lady Lions would continue to roll, as they out-shot the Cougars 16-7 in the final six minutes of the quarter to take a 21-11 lead.

Both teams would go back and forth in the second quarter, as the Lady Lions were unable to extend their lead, despite reaching their largest lead of the half at the 34-23 mark with 1:50 remaining in the second quarter. However, Columbia would not let FHU pull away, as they out-shot the Lady Lions 8-2 in the final two minutes of the half to pull within five at the 36-31 mark entering the break.

Columbia would continue to keep their foot on the gas pedal to open the second half, as they rattled off five straight points, courtesy of a three-point field goal by Raegan Wieser and a layup by Ashlee Marlatt. The Lady Lions would extend their lead back to 10 at the 53-43 mark with one minute remaining before the Cougars ended the quarter on a 5-0 run to close the gap to five at the 53-48 mark entering the final quarter of play.

The final stanza would go back and forth until the final two minutes of play, as Columbia out-shot the Lady Lions 12-7 in the first four minutes to close the gap to two points at the 62-60 mark to keep things interesting. However, the Lady Lions would remain calm under pressure, as they out-shot Columbia 14-4 in the final four minutes to secure the 76-64 victory.

With the win, the Lady Lions improve to 27-0 on the season and 21-0 in conference play. The Cougars fall to 22-5 on the season and 16-5 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions continue their road schedule Saturday, February 18th, as they travel to Fulton, Mo. to take on William Woods University. Tip off is slated for 1:00 PM.