Lee Women Fall In Gulf South Championship To Union University

Sunday, March 7, 2021
Hannah Garrett drilled five triples and led the Lady Flames with a game-high 27 points in Sunday's Championship.
Hannah Garrett drilled five triples and led the Lady Flames with a game-high 27 points in Sunday's Championship.

The Lee women’s basketball team fought back from an 18-point deficit (50-32) with 4:11 remaining in the third period to trim Union University’s lead to only 55-49 with 6:28 remaining in the hard-fought battle but the Bulldogs rallied back down the stretch to claim a 70-56 victory over the Lady Flames in the championship game of the Gulf South Conference on Sunday afternoon at the AUM Athletics Complex. 

After cutting the deficit to only six points on a 3-point shot by Hannah Garrett, the pressing Lee defense forced a Union turnover and had a great look to trim the margin to only four points.
The Bulldogs regrouped and took control and improved to 18-5 overall (15-5 GSC). Lee dropped to 15-7 and 13-6.  

Both teams will wait for the NCAA South Region pairings to come out later Sunday evening to find out who their opponents will be in the opening round of the South Region hosted by University of North Georgia. 

“We just got outplayed and out coached today. Union was the better team on both ends of the court,” said Lee coach Marty Rowe after the loss. “Let’s not take anything away from the fact we had a great tournament run. I’m proud of how we got two big road wins this week. It has been a tough week of travel and we handled it as well as possible. We look forward to taking tomorrow off and then hopefully start preparing for the NCAA tournament.” 

Hannah Garrett knocked down five 3-point shots and converted six straight free throws in leading the Lee scoring with 27 points. She was named to the GSC All-Tournament team and was joined by Haley Schubert on the squad. Julia Duncan was the only other Lee player in double-digit scoring with 10. Schubert was held to just eight points and joined Halle Hughes (five points) with five rebounds to lead the Lady Flames in that department. Morgan Carbaugh also canned a key 3-pointer in the Lady Flames comeback attempt. 

It certainly was not one of the best shooting afternoons for Lee. They shot only 28% (16-of 58) from the field and 27% (10-of-37) from long range. However, they did damage at the charity stripe, sinking 14-of-16 attempts. The Lady Flames were out-rebounded by the taller Bulldogs 39-23 and both teams turned the basketball over 13 times. 

Union was led by the brilliant play of freshman Shanique Lucas. The guard finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds. She made 9-of-13 shots from the field and 5-of-7 triples. She teamed with Jaelencia Williams for a two-women wrecking crew of the Lady Flames. The 6-foot-2 Williams also produced a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Union shot 57% from the field (25-of-45) and 48% from beyond the arc (10-of-21). The Bulldogs converted 10-of-13 charity attempts.  

 

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