PENSACOLA, Fla. — Senior Karley Miller calmly drained two free throws with .8 seconds left to seal a 58-54 victory for the Lee women's basketball team over Gulf South Conference foe West Florida Monday evening.
The Argonauts had an opportunity to tie the game with two seconds remaining but failed to convert from the foul line. Following the second miss Miller would secure the rebound and the win for the Lady Flames.
"We won on the road and will take it," noted coach Marty Rowe. "This team has uncanny ability to play through things and find a way to win games late, and we proved that again tonight.
"We beat a good team in West Florida and we knew we were going to get their best shot as they try and secure the two seed in the conference tournament."
Down the stretch Lee used stingy defense and grabbed timely rebounds to hold on for their 12th consecutive GSC victory. They are now 20-4 overall and remain in first place with a 16-2 conference mark. The loss drops West Florida to 16-8 on the season and 11-7 in GSC action.
Senior Hollie German led the Lady Flames with 23 points while playing the full 40 minutes. Jenna Adams added 10 points, six rebounds and three steals while rugged defender Rachel Lockhart pulled down six boards and swiped three steals contest.
Myriah Illes and Miller made their presence felt in the post. Miller registered eight points and five boards just 48 hours after suffering an eye injury in Saturday's win over Alabama-Huntsville. Illes pitched in eight markers and three rebounds but played just 11 minutes due to foul trouble.
Lee overcame a poor shooting night (39.6 percent) from the field by forcing 18 turnovers thanks in large part to 10 steals. The Lady Flames were once again solid from the line, especially late in the contest, connecting on 14-of-19 (73.6 percent) including 3-of-4 in the final 10 seconds. West Florida hit just 15-of-43 (34.8 percent) from the floor but stayed in the game thanks to 23 converted foul shots.
The Lady Flames held a slight 36-34 advantage on the glass. "Toughness, defense and rebounding travel, which is what I tell our team all the time, and we proved that with another road victory," noted Rowe.
West Florida was led by Raquel Miller's 15 points and 13 rebounds. Miller got to the foul line 10 times and converted seven. Katie Bobos pitched in 15 points of her own to go along with five rebounds.
Lee will battle West Georgia in Carrollton on Thursday before wrapping up the inaugural GSC campaign with a visit to Rome, Ga., to go against old rival Shorter University on Saturday afternoon.
Argonauts 80, Flames 68
PENSACOLA, Fla. — In a game that was originally scheduled for Jan. 30, the Lee Flames lost to the University of West Florida, 80-68. The Flames dropped into a 10th-place tie in the Gulf South Conference with the Argonauts at 5-13.
"West Florida has played a lot better of late," said Lee head coach Tommy Brown. "They have played well and won a lot more lately. When this game was originally scheduled, they weren't playing that well. Sometimes things like that just don't work out for you."
Lee (9-15) held a 52-47 advantage with 13:14 left on the second half clock. UWF (6-18) went on a 26-5 run over the next nine minutes to take a commanding 73-57 lead.
The Flames were outscored 33-16 in the final 13 minutes of the game.
"We hit a wall," admitted Brown. "We were fatigued, had no legs and no energy. We had a lot of open looks, but just didn't hit them."
Cory Billingsley led the Flames with 17 points. Bryce Copeland and Valentino Thomas each tallied 11 points, while Jamal Worthington threw in another 10.
The Argonauts received a double-double from Nate Johnson. Johnson had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Terrence Townes led all scoring with 22 points and Ellis Young added another 19 markers.
UWF won the battle of the boards by a 32-28 margin. Lee hit 46 percent (26-of-56) of its shots, including 7-of-15 (.467) from beyond the arc. West Florida was only 4 of 12 (.333) from three-point territory, but made 28-of-54 (.519) shots from the field.
The big advantage for West Florida came at the free-throw line. The Argonauts made 24 trips and converted 20, while the Flames made just 14 trips, making nine tries.
"We will take an NCAA-mandated day off tomorrow and get back to work on Wednesday," said Brown.
Lee travels to Carrollton, Ga., on Thursday to face the University of West Georgia. The GSC matchup is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.