. With the veteran players leading the way, the Lee women’s basketball team improved to 18-4 overall and 16-2 in the GSC standings with a 76-63 victory over Auburn Montgomery inside the AUM Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The win moved the Lady Flames back into sole possession of first place in the conference standings when the red-hot Union Lady Bulldogs defeated Valdosta State in another Saturday afternoon contest.
Haley Schubert, Mallory Hampton and Macy Woodworth all finished the contest with four personal fouls.
“I am proud of our fight we showed on both ends of the court today,” allowed associate coach Jan Spangler. “It was a tough, physical battle and we handled that well. We fought through some foul trouble in the second half and got some key stops late to finish the win.”
Schubert finished the afternoon with 23 points. She made 8-of-20 shots from the floor and connected on 6-of-7 free throws. The hustling Lee leader also had five rebounds and dished off five assists. Hannah Garrett followed with 19 points on a solid 8-of-12 shooting performance from the field. She made 3-of-4 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds. Hampton added 16 markers as the Lady Flames shot 51% from the field (31-of-61). The talented guard nailed 7-of-11 of her shots, added three assists and tied teammate Addison Smith with a team-leading six rebounds.
Overall, Lee outrebounded the Warhawks 38-33. Woodworth had nine points to go along with five rebounds. Morgan Carbaugh joined in with four boards. The Lady Flames totaled 14 assists to go along with 12 turnovers. They made 7-of-20 triples and were awarded only eight free throws, making seven. Lee dominated play in the paint, outscoring AUM 40-24.
Jemeriah Moore paced the Warhawks with a double-double, 18 points and 12 rebounds. Lilly Parke followed with 12 points. The Lee defense held the host team to 38% shooting from the floor (24-63) and only 6-of-21 shooting from long range. The Warhawks were awarded 12 freebies and canned eight.
The Lady Flames will continue their road adventures next week in Mississippi, facing Mississippi College on Thursday evening and Delta State on Saturday afternoon. “Tough road wins are key this time of year” added Coach Spangler. “We will take this one and get ready for two more battles in Mississippi next week.”