The Lee University women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak to Valdosta State University with a 66-45 defeat of the Lady Blazers, Tuesday evening in Paul Dana Walker Arena.The …
Lady Flames snap streak, men fall
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The Lee University women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak to Valdosta State University with a 66-45 defeat of the Lady Blazers, Tuesday evening in Paul Dana Walker Arena.
The Lady Flames improved to 10-3 overall and 3-2 in the Gulf South Conference. Valdosta State dropped to 8-4, including a 2-2 mark in the league.
“Our energy and urgency was the biggest thing,” said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. “That’s what we’re really trying to do. We just wanted to play harder than them. We played harder than them in the first half, and that was a really good sign for us. They have a lot of pride and their pride showed in the second half, because they battled us hard and really went to the glass like they do so well.”
Abby Bertram made 5-of-9 three-pointers on her way to scoring a game-high 21 points. The sophomore also led Lee with seven rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. Lindsey Roddy was the only other Lady Flame in double digits with 18 points.
Erin Walsh contributed nine points and Shelby Brown had seven to go with six rebounds.
The Lady Flames made 23 of 55 shots from the field and were 10 for 22 from behind the arc. VSU connected on just 15 of 64 shots overall and were 3 for 22 from distance.
Kenya Samone’ Dixon was the only Lady Blazer to exceed the 10-point mark. Dixon finished with 14 points and added seven rebounds. Madi Mitchell entered the game ranked fifth in the GSC in scoring with 17.2 points per game and needing 10 points to reach 1,000 career points. The Lee defense held her to five markers, her lowest output of the season.
Lee continues its two-game home stand Thursday evening against the University of West Florida. The Argonauts (8-3, 3-1 GSC) have won two straight after beating Shorter University, 60-54, Tuesday evening.
Turnovers and missed free throws proved costly as the Lee men's basketball team dropped a tough overtime contest with Valdosta State, 93-82 on Tuesday night in Walker Arena.
The Flames led 76-69 with just two minutes remaining in regulation after Levi Woods drilled a 3-pointer. The pesky Blazers scored the next seven points, however, including the tying bucket by KJ James with just four seconds left. Valdosta State kept the momentum going in the extra period outscoring the Flames, 17-6.
"I didn't like our body language heading into overtime. I think that bucket really took the wind out of us but we've got to find ways to take care of the basketball and we were just too loose," said Lee head coach Bubba Smith. "We didn't adjust to one on one matchups tonight in the second half, and in those moments we've got to find a way to get stops. You have to win these close games at home in this league. In the GSC it's all about can you get stops in the final four minutes of a close game, and we failed to do that tonight."
The Flames converted just 9 of 19 from the free-throw line and were guilty of 23 turnovers which led to 28 points to help aide the Blazers comeback effort.
"We did some good things tonight; we shared the basketball with 22 assists but we can't turn the ball over and fail to get stops down the stretch," added Smith. "This team has shown the resiliency to bounce back this year. We did after a tough loss to UAH and I know we will be ready to go on Thursday against West Florida.
Colton Blevins led Lee with 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field. Ryan Montgomery followed with 15 points while Woods and Parker Sudekum added 11 each. Sudekum delivered in several areas as he chipped in seven assists, grabbed five rebounds and swiped three steals. Bryce Copeland came off the bench and canned three triples to finish with nine points.
Lee hit 32 of 67 from the field and drained 9 of 26 from the beyond the arc. Valdosta State shot 44.9 percent from the field and hit 9 of 25 three-pointers but held the biggest advantage at the foul line, going 22 of 27.
Beau Justice finished with 29 points to lead all-scorers, shooting an efficient 9 of 18 from the field and 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Clay Guillozet added 24 points and seven rebounds and Winston Morgan pitched in 19 and dished off six assists.
The loss drops the Flames to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the GSC while the win propels Valdosta State to 10-2 and 3-1. The Blazers are receiving votes in the latest NCAA Top 25 poll.
Lee will get right back to work on Thursday evening as they welcome rival West Florida to town for an 8 p.m. opening tip.