Lee University’s women’s basketball team recovered from a late rally by visiting Shorter University on Saturday afternoon in Walker Arena and held on to post a 53-49 Gulf South Conference victory.
The Lady Flames improved to 11-4 and 7-2 and held on to second place in the Gulf South. Shorter slipped to 5-11 and 3-6, but the Lady Hawks always challenge coach Marty Rowe’s club.
The Lady Flames led by a 46-33 margin midway of the second half, but Shorter refused to fold and kept battling. The margin was trimmed to only two points at 51-49 when Ieshia Alexander drove for the bucket but missed the shot. Lee pulled down the rebound and Jenna Adams converted two free-throws to seal the victory.
The Lady Flames, who led by a 28-18 margin at the half, were led by Hollie German with 26 points. Jenna Adams followed with 14 points and seven rebounds. Rachel Lockhart played her usual tough defensive ball and also garnered seven rebounds. She recorded two blocks and a steal.
The Lady Hawks were led by Alexander with 18 points while Lynette Harris tallied 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Turnovers spelled the difference in the contest as the visitors turned the basketball over 23 times and Lee committed 14 floor mistakes.
The Lady Flames shot a season low 28 percent from the field and just 26 percent from 3-point range (4-of-17). From the line, Lee also struggled making 16-of-25 (60 percent). On the other hand, Shorter shot 34 percent overall but just 21 percent from behind the arc. The Lady Hawks did convert 16-of-22 free throws.
Lee will hit the road again on Thursday and start the second go-round in the Gulf South when they face West Florida. Next Saturday they will be up against Valdosta State.