CENTRAL, S.C. — Hollie German and Jenna Adams combined for 44 points as the Lee women’s basketball team defeated Southern Wesleyan University 72-59 Thursday evening.
The Lady Flames held a 13-point advantage at the intermission, leading 33-20. SWU cut the lead down to eight in the second stanza but could get no closer.
The victory was the 11th straight for the fifth-ranked Lady Flames (14-1, 5-1). With the loss the Warriors fall to 5-9 overall and 0-6 in the SSAC.
“It’s good to get out of here with a win, but I feel like we got out played today in every phase of the game.” admitted Coach Marty Rowe. “I thought we just went through the motions in the second half.”
German, who leads the SSAC in scoring, led the way for Lee with 22 points. Adams also registered 22 markers as she was a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range. The sophomore also added nine boards.
Karley Miller added 12 points and seven rebounds down in the post for the Lady Flames. Senior guard Brooke Hamby rounded out the scoring chipping in eight points.
Lee shot 46 percent from the field, hitting 25-of-54 shots. Most of the damage was done from the 3-point line as the Lady Flames shot a sizzling 52 percent, hitting 11-of-21 from beyond the arc. The Warriors shot 40 percent from the field (19-of-47) and 42 percent from 3-point distance, hitting 8-of-19.
“We shot the ball well from three and that was a key for us but we can’t turn the ball over like we did tonight and expect to win most nights.” said Rowe.
Lee turned the ball over 19 times leading to 11 points for the Warriors. Southern Wesleyan committed 26 floor mistakes leading to 14 points for the Lady Flames.
“Defensively we did not play well, we looked slow and we didn’t hustle after loose balls. We need to make adjustments on that end of the court.” noted Rowe.
The Warriors were led in scoring by Lauren Johnson with 25 points, as she went 4-of-9 from the 3-point line. Ashley Cooper added 19 markers and five boards for the South Carolina club.
Rowe looked ahead to the Lady Flames next matchup, “Their (Coastal Georgia) two best players are their post players. We expect a physical battle on Saturday and we know we’re going to get their best shot. We’ll need to play a much better game than we played tonight.”
The seventh-ranked Lee University men’s basketball team responded to its first loss of the season with a 82-72 defeat of SSAC East Division foe Southern Wesleyan University.
The Flames carry a 14-1 record (6-1 SSAC) into Saturday where they will put an end to a streak of four consecutive road games by hosting the College of Coastal Georgia. Lee hasn’t played at home since taking down Oakwood University, 89-68, on December 6.
Saturday has been dubbed “Family Day.” For $10 a family of four will gain admission to both Lee games, along with pizza and drinks.
Thursday night belonged to Jamorris Gaines. In his third appearance of the season, Gaines hit 10-of-15 shots, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, to score a game-high 28 points to go with seven rebounds.
“I’m glad he (Gaines) got through (the eligibility process),” said Lee head coach Tommy Brown. “I told you he was a good player.”
Chase Dunn added 16 markers after shooting 5-for-8 from the field. Will Barnes was 6-for-14 and finished with 15 points.
Muniru Bawa was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor and 1-for-1 at the charity stripe to tally seven points.
Corey Billingsley was 4-for-4 at the line on his way to six markers, while Chad Lee tossed in five to go with five boards. Patrick Shaughnessy added three points and Kymon Woods contributed two more for the cause.
Southern Wesleyan (6-7, 2-5 SSAC) placed four players in double-digit scoring. Rochard Gibson had a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds.
Terrance Hutchins added 18 points and six boards in the loss. Rounding out the double-digit scorers were Kenny Holmes and Alex Percival with 11 and 10, respectively.
Lee hit 57 percent (28-for-49) of their shots, 53 percent (9-for-17) from three-point territory and 89 percent (17-for-19) from the foul line.
The Flames led by 16 with five minutes left in the opening half and held a 37-27 halftime lead. Southern Wesleyan cut the deficit to four twice in the final four minutes before Lee went on an 8-0 run to go up 82-70 with 20 seconds to go. SWU added a basket at the eight second mark to put a cap on the scoring.
“They (SWU) did a good job,” said Brown. “They didn’t go away and were hard to rebound against in the second half.”
SWU hit the same number of shots (28-for-63) as the Flames, but were successful on just 31 percent (4-for-13) of their three-point attempts. The Warriors made 12-of-18 (67 percent) tosses at the charity stripe.
Coach Brown made sure to acknowledge the attendance of several Lee alumni. “We had an alumni gathering here today. I’m telling you, we had about 50 people here. We appreciate it.”
Lee returns home on Saturday to meet the College of Coastal Georgia for the first time ever. The SSAC newcomers bring with them a record of 14-3 overall and are 6-1 in conference play. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. at Walker Arena.