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Big third quarter lifts No. 11 Scots past (RV) Owls

FULTON, Mo. – The 11th-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team came out strong in the third quarter and outscored (RV) William Woods, 21-8, in the period and earned a 62-56 American Midwest Conference road win on Saturday afternoon. The Scots improved to 21-2 (17-1 AMC), while WWU fell to 19-5 (13-5 AMC).

The Scots controlled much of the first quarter as a bucket by Jade Giron gave Lyon a 5-4 lead just over a minute into the period. From there, the Scots continued to build their lead and pulled ahead, 15-9, on a three-pointer by Giron. William Woods rallied back in the final three minutes of the quarter, however, as the Owls ended the period on a 7-0 run to take a 16-15 lead after the first period.

The two teams traded buckets to open up the second quarter before a layup by Kasey Hazell gave WWU a 21-20 lead with 7:15 left in the period. The Scots kept it a one-possession game until the Owls ended the period with three-straight scores to take a 31-24 lead at the half.

The third quarter proved to be the difference in the game and shifted all of the momentum in the Scots’ favor. Liz Henderson scored the first three points of a 9-0 run as Lyon overtook the lead, 33-31. WWU ended the run with a free throw by Caitlin Hicks, but the Scots continued to roll offensively as a three-pointer by Madison Riley gave Lyon a 45-39 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Katie Turner accounted for the first seven points for the Scots in the fourth quarter as Lyon extended its lead to 52-41 with 5:22 left to play. WWU cut the deficit to single digits on a bucket by Jazlyn Drake but another score by Turner pushed the lead back up to 11 with just under two minutes remaining. WWU attempted one final comeback as Kaycee Gerald knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, but a free throw by Riley sealed the six-point win for the Scots.

Henderson and Turner led the way for the Scots with 15 points each, while Riley finished with 14 points.

The Scots will return to action on Thursday night at Williams Baptist. Tip-off for Thursday’s game is set for 5:30 p.m.

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