The 13th-ranked Lyon College Women’s Basketball team jumped on Harris-Stowe State University early Saturday afternoon and never relinquished the lead, defeating the Hornets 78-45 inside Becknell Gymnasium. Four Scots scored in double-figures on the day, while the team as a whole hit 10 three-pointers.
The Scots are now 14-3 overall and 10-2 in the AMC, while Harris-Stowe falls to 9-9 overall and 7-5 in the conference. Lyon still holds a tiebreaker over No. 21 Lindenwood-Belleville for second place in the AMC standings. The Hornets are in fourth place.
The Scots held Harris-Stowe to 2-of-13 from the field in the first quarter and led 10-6 with 5:47 remaining in the period. Lyon then scored 14 unanswered points as Liz Henderson and Allison Tackett combined for 11 points, before Randi Thompson nailed a three-pointer. The Scots would take a 24-6 lead after the first quarter. The Scots would score another seven straight points in the second quarter, before HSSU finally hit a basket to end a long scoring drought. Oumy Ndoye and Madison Riley would extend Lyon’s lead to 35-9 two and a half minutes into the quarter.
Lyon would eventually hold a 42-19 lead with 14 seconds left before Tressa Linson hit two free throws and a three-pointer to end the half. Lyon led 47-19 at the break.
The Scots once again opened up the third quarter with 11 straight points – including two three-pointers from Ali Tucker to give the Scots a 58-19 advantage. Lyon’s lead grew to 64-32 after the third quarter.
Lyon’s defense held the Hornets to another poor output from the field in the fourth quarter, before cruising to the decisive win.
– Lyon held Harris-Stowe to just 22.9 percent (11-of-48) shooting in the game.
– Henderson led the team with 16 points, followed by 15 each from Tackett and Tucker. Riley also chipped in 10 points.
– Lyon outrebounded Harris-Stowe 40-29 with Tackett, Riley and Samantha French each grabbing a team-high eight boards.
– The Scots posted a 46.6 percentage on the night, including 38.5 percent from beyond the arc.
“I thought we came out ready and very focused today. We have watched a lot of film the last few days and more focus has been on us and less on the opponent,” said Tracy Stewart-Lange, head coach. “I am pretty sure my team will be ready for classes to start back up so I will have to cut back on film but I thought this was our best defensive game.
Harris-Stowe is a very strong rebounding team and I thought our effort was there again very high like it was Thursday. Overall, a very good week for us and it feels good to finish the first round of conference with two wins but I am more excited that our defense improved a great deal this week. I thought Liz and Madi had great floor games for us and Madi had a good rebounding day as well.”
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE SCOTS
The Scots begin a three-game road trip next week. Lyon will first travel to Hannibal-LaGrange on Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff with the Trojans.