Lee University women’s basketball team let a 20-point lead to slip through its fingers in a 82-77 overtime loss at University of North Alabama. The Lady Flames drop to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in Gulf South Conference (GSC) action, while UNA improves its records to 7-3 and 2-2 GSC.
“What bothers us is not that we lost, but how we lost,” said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. “We’re playing basketball teams with a lot of pride. You have to finish them off because they’re not going to quit."
Lee will have short turnaround before heading to Jackson, Tenn., to face Union University (8-1, 3-0 GSC) Monday evening. Union and Delta State are the only teams left that are unbeaten in conference play.
“We’re going to have to figure out how to bounce back against Union. We play the two best teams in the league in the next two games,” added Rowe.
Hollie German led all scoring with 33 points. The senior was 12-for-20 from the field and 4-for-8 from beyond the arc.
Karley Miller made good on 7-of-11 shot attempts to tally 19 points. Jenna Adams was the only other Lady Flame in double-digits with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Rachel Lockhart dished out a career-high eight assists and grabbed eight boards in the loss.
Leading the way for the Lions was Lauren Faris. Faris was 9-for-11 at the charity stripe and finished with 27 points. Jennifer Towne and Nichelle Fillmore each threw in 18, while Delisa Madry gave UNA four players in double-digits with 12 markers.
The Lady Flames shot 50-percent (29-for-58) from the floor and made 7-of-20 3-point attempts. The Lions made 23-of-53 (.434) of its shots from field and 7-of-17 from distance.
Lee won the rebounding battle 36-33, but turned the ball over 25 times to UNA’s 19 floor mistakes.
The big difference came at the free throw line. Lee went to the line 16 times and converted 12, while the home team made good on 29 of its 41 trips to the line.
“About 10 of those shots they don’t get if we grab the rebounds,” said Rowe. “Instead of just two shots, they got four. The determining factor is that we didn’t do our job.”
A driving layup by German with eight seconds left in regulation tied the game at 67 and forced overtime. UNA had taken its first lead of the second half with two made free throws following an administrative technical foul when the Lady Flames attempted to call a timeout when they didn’t have one available.
The Lady Flames built a 20-point advantage (50-30) with 13:30 remaining in the second half, but the Lions went on a 23-5 run to close to within two with 3:55 left on the clock.
After trailing 6-2 with a little over three minutes off the clock, the Lady Flames went on a 16-3 run to take a nine-point lead. Lee led by as much as 13 in the first half and held a 32-23 lead at the break.