Lady Lions battle William Woods to 59-55 victory on the road
"Taleeah Cross exploded for 27 points in the victory"
(RV)William Woods University

Lady Lions battle William Woods to 59-55 victory on the road

Sat, Feb. 18, 2017 - [Women's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

FULTON, Mo. - At times it was too close for comfort; however, the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team picked up their 28th win of the season Saturday with a 59-55 victory over William Woods University in Fulton, Mo.

Taleeah Cross led the way for Freed-Hardeman, as she shot an impressive 3-for-5 from behind the arc and chipped in 27 points in the victory. Tiffany Pate also came up big for FHU down the stretch with her second straight double-double performance, as she put up 13 points and pulled down 16 rebounds.

The Lady Lions (28-0, 22-0 AMC) shot 32 percent from the field in the game compared to William Woods (18-9, 15-7 AMC), who shot 35 percent from the field and 27 percent from behind the arc.

Four players reached double digits for the Owls, led by Peyton Greenlee who ended the day with 12 points. Jasmine Brown and Kaycee Gerald followed close behind, as each chipped in 11 points in the loss. Kelsey Scherder rounded out the scoring for the Owls with 10 points.

The Lady Lions started the game hot and jumped out to an early nine point lead, as they out-shot the Owls 18-9 in the first quarter to gain some separation. However, the Owls fought back in the second quarter, as they out-shot the Lady Lions 16-10 to close the gap to three points at the 28-25 mark entering the break.

Both teams went back and forth to start the second half, as things were  knotted up at 43 apiece entering the final quarter of play. The fourth quarter was much of the same, as the final stanza saw three ties and one lead change before things were decided.

The Owls would even things up at 53 apiece with 1:34 remaining in the game before the Lady Lions out-shot WWU 6-2 in the final minute of play to secure the 59-55 victory.

With the win, the Lady Lions improve to 28-0 on the season and 22-0 in conference play. The Owls fall to 18-9 on the season and 15-7 in AMC play with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions return home Thursday, February 23rd, as they host St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 PM at the Brewer Sports Center.