Lady Lions cruise to 73-52 victory over Eagles in AMC Quarterfinals
"Kim Mallory led the way for the Lady Lions with 25 points"
Williams Baptist College

Lady Lions cruise to 73-52 victory over Eagles in AMC Quarterfinals

Wed, Mar. 1, 2017 - [Women's Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team opened American Midwest Conference tournament play on a bright note Wednesday, as they defeated Williams Baptist College with a final score of 73-52.

With the win, the Lady Lions increase their perfect record to 31-0 on the season and advance to the AMC Tournament Semifinal Round to play No. 5 seed William Woods University, who defeated Lindenwood University-Belleville 70-62 tonight in Belleville, Illinois.

Prior to the game, members of the American Midwest Conference All-Academic Team were honored. In total, the Lady Lions had 11 players named to the All-Academic Team while Williams Baptist had six players honored with the award. To be eligible for Academic All-Conference honors, student-athletes must be in their second semester at their AMC institution and have at least a 3.0 GPA. 

Kim Mallory led the Lady Lions on the attack in the win, as she put up 25 points and pulled down six rebounds. Taleeah Cross and Carrie Hatchel followed close behind, as each chipped in 14 points, 12 of which came from behind the arc.

The Lady Lions also won the rebound battle in the match-up, as they out-rebounded the Eagles 37-29, led by Sandrea Sylman, who pulled down seven rebounds in the win.

Alytrius Perry, leading scorer for the Eagles, once again led Williams Baptist on the offensive end with 17 points while Andrea Moffitt followed close behind with a double-double performance, as she put up 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the loss.

The Lady Lions (31-0) shot 40 percent in the game compared to Williams Baptist (11-20), who shot 41 percent from the field and 38 percent from behind the arc on 5 for 13 shooting.

The Lady Lions started the game quick and jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, courtesy of hot shooting by Kim Mallory and Carrie Hatchel, who combined for 15 of FHU's 20 points in the first quarter, as FHU took a 20-11 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 15-9 in the second frame to take a solid 35-20 lead entering the break.

The Lady Lions shot 37 percent from the field in the first half, led by Kim Mallory, who poured in 13 of her 25 points after shooting a solid percentage from the field.

The Lady Lions continued to roll in the second half, as they extended their lead over the Eagles to as many as 27 in the third quarter at the 62-35 mark entering the final quarter of play. FHU reached their largest lead of the game at the 69-37 mark with eight minutes remaining on their way to a 73-52 victory.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions advance to the semifinal round of the AMC Tournament, where they will host William Woods University on Friday, March 3rd at the Brewer Sports Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.