Lee women’s basketball coach Marty Rowe and his Lady Flames take great pride in protecting their home court. In fact, their last home defeat came on Nov. 29, 2010, when Union University handed the Lady Flames a 73-66 defeat.
Tonight inside Walker Arena, Lee’s 43-game Walker Arena winning streak will be seriously challenged when Delta State, 10-1 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the Gulf South Conference, brings a No. 9-ranking in NCAA Division II to town.
The Lady Statesmen have won nine straight since suffering their only loss to Lynn University (Fla.) in a West Florida tournament. During the streak, only a couple of GSC opponents have seriously challenged the Lady Statesmen, and they are fresh off a 64-48 win over Shorter on Monday.
“Delta State is a really good basketball team and this game is going to be a great challenge for our team,” said Rowe. “They are fast, athletic, and tenacious defensively and execute very well on the offensive end. We will definitely need to play well in order to have a chance to win this game.”
Rowe also pointed out, “This is be the first time in several seasons that we’ll be considered underdogs on our home court, but with them ranked No. 9 in the country and being the all-time winningest NCAA Division II program in the country, they deserve to be favorites. I think we’ll embrace this opportunity and it should be a great game.
“We’re finding out quickly that the Gulf South is a good women’s basketball league and this is the best of the bunch, so we’re excited to see where we’re at as a team.”
Christmas has passed but Lee Athletic Director Larry Carpenter is still in a giving mood. He will pass out free T-shirts to the first 600 to enter the gates for the Delta State games tonight. Get there early. The opening tip is slated for 6 p.m.
Rowe closing in on No. 400
Rowe is only a couple of wins shy of 400 collegiate coaching victories. He collected No. 398 on Monday with the big road win at Union University. Thursday will be Lee’s first meeting with Delta State. Coach David Midlick is in his second season as head coach of the Lady Statesmen. His club finished 21-10 last season and reached the Sweet 16 of NCAA Division II tournament competition.
German now 5th on
career scoring list
Hollie German continues to climb up the Lee all-time scoring list (1,849). She had 16 points in the victory over Union and stands at No. 5 on the career-scoring chart. She zipped past Holly Hamilton and Hall of Famer Wendy Rudolph. Next in line is Sarah Habermas-Sausville, who had 1,960 in four seasons as a Lady Flame.
Adams posts 4th
In Monday’s 68-66 triumph over Union, junior Jenna Adams not only scored the winning bucket, she also posted the 22nd double-double of her Lee career. It was her fourth this season. She tallied 21 points and grabbed 10 boards, none larger than her final rebound and putback against the Lady Bulldogs.
Beavers steps up
for Lady Flames
Coach Rowe is seeking more minutes from his younger players and Kayla Beavers stepped up and canned four 3-pointers (going 4-for-4) in Monday’s win. On the year, Beavers has converted 7-of-15 treys and is 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.