Matthew Jagodzinski, Assistant Athletic Director for Media and Communications
BATESVILLE – With just more than five seconds remaining in the contest, Katie Turner drove the lane and found Liz Henderson near the basket as she converted a contested layup and was fouled on the play. Henderson knocked down the ensuing free throw as the 11th-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team earned a 65-62 win over No. 12 Freed-Hardeman in the American Midwest Conference “Game of the Week” on Tuesday night inside Becknell Gymnasium.
The Scots improved to 24-2 (20-1 AMC), while FHU fell to 20-6 (17-3 AMC).
The Scots held onto a 46-44 lead heading into the final quarter before Lyon extended its lead to six, 53-47, two minutes in after a steal and a layup by Jade Giron. FHU rallied back to tie the game at 53-53 three minutes later after Haylee Croom capped off a 6-0 run with a pair of free throws.
The two teams went on to exchange the lead over the next two minutes before FHU took a 62-59 advantage over the Scots following a put-back by Croom. Madison Riley knocked down a key three-pointer that tied the score at 62-62 in the Scots’ next possession.
With just over 30 seconds remaining, FHU had a chance to take the lead, but the Scots locked down defensively and forced a shot clock violation by the Lady Lions and got the ball back with just over five seconds remaining with a chance to win the ball game. After a timeout by the Scots advanced the ball to half court, Turner got the ball and found Henderson for the go-ahead bucket. FHU had a look from three to tie the game, but Alyssa LeMay’s shot hit off the rim as the Scots held on for the three-point victory.
Henderson finished with a double-double as she led the Scots with a team-high 22 points to go along with a team-high 10 rebounds. Turner added 16 points, while Giron chipped in 13.
The Scots will return to action on Saturday at Park. Tip-off for Saturday’s contest is set for 1 p.m.