Lady Flames notch SSAC pair
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LEE LADY FLAMES Karley Miller (2) and Hollie German (14) put the pressure on a Belhaven University ball handler during Friday evening’s SSAC action in Jackson, Miss. Lee University photo
LEE LADY FLAMES Karley Miller (2) and Hollie German (14) put the pressure on a Belhaven University ball handler during Friday evening’s SSAC action in Jackson, Miss. Lee University photo
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Lee University’s sixth-ranked Lady Flames finished a tour of Mississippi unscathed with a 74-45 drilling of William Carey University Saturday afternoon.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Lee recorded a 65-48 win at Belhaven University in Jackson.

Coach Marty Rowe’s squad improved to 13-1 on the season and 4-1 in Southern States Athletic Conference play with the victories. The Lady Flames will be in action again on Thursday with a trip to Central, S.C., to face Southern Wesleyan University. The SSAC matchup is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip.

In Saturday’s victory, the Lady Flames held a 14-point lead at the half and extended it to 29 with a little over 11 minutes left in the second half. The closest the Crusaders would get the rest of the game was 22 points.

“Although it was our second game in less than 24 hours, everybody had their legs,” said coach Rowe. “We shot the ball well and our conditioning paid off.”

Lee had four players score in double figures. Hollie German was 5-for-5 at the free-throw line in tying for the game-high with 16 points. The junior added four assists.

Jenna Adams was 5-for-11 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, in tallying 13 points and nine rebounds.

Karley Miller was perfect from the floor (5-for-5) to record 11 markers. The junior forward just missed a double-double in grabbing nine boards.

Senior guard Brooke Hamby hit both of her 3-point attempts and finished with 10 points and three assists. Julia Zimmerman nailed three 3s to add nine points in the win.

Ten of the 13 Lady Flames who saw action contributed to the point total. Myriah Iles had five points, while Rachel Lockhart and Kayla Beavers accounted for three points each. Caroline Smith and Christina Johnson rounded out the scoring with two markers a piece.

“We wanted to have some balance and we were able to do that today,” said Rowe.

The Lady Flames blistered the nets at 54 percent (26-of-48) from the field, 50 percent (11-for-22) from behind the 3-point line and 85 percent (11-of-13) from the charity stripe.

“When we shoot the ball well, we are an awfully good team, and it opens up a lot more options for us,” added Rowe.

William Carey (7-6, 3-3 SSAC) hit 14-of-46 (30 percent) shots from the floor and 94 percent (17-for-18) at the free-throw line, but missed all seven 3-point attempts.

Erica Moore was the leading scorer for the hosts with 16 points. She was 4-for-8 from the field and made 8-of-9 charity tosses.

Haleigh Arcement threw in 10 points to give the Crusaders two players in double-figures. Crystal Tucker had nine rebounds to go with five points.

Lady Flames 65, Blazers 48

JACKSON, Miss. — Lee used the combination of German and Miller, both scoring 18 points, to grab the road victory over Belhaven, 65-48 Friday evening.

The Lady Flames were in control the entire game, leading 30-19 at the break before finishing off another double-digit margin of victory in the second stanza. Belhaven's only advantage was a two-point lead early in the first half at the 17:34 mark.

"We're pleased with the win. I'm not totally pleased with how we played," said coach Rowe. "We have to be recommitted to doing the things we did before the break."

The Lady Flames continued to shoot the ball well, converting 23-of-51 from the field (45 percent) and 33 percent from behind the arc (6-of-18). Defensively, Lee made things difficult for the Blazers, limiting them to 34 percent shooting from the field. The Mississippi club managed just three 3-pointers on 12 attempts (25 percent).

German led the way with 18 points and dished off eight assists for the Lady Flames. Miller added seven boards to go along with her 18 points. Zimmerman added nine markers, scoring all her points from 3-point distance in going 3-of-9 from downtown. Hamby added seven points to round out the Lee attack and Mary Jackson had seven rebounds and four steals in her 23 minutes of action.

"Karley (Miller) picked us up with some big offensive rebounds in the second half. Holly (German) had an off shooting night, but had eight assists and played great defense for us," noted Rowe.

The Blazers had three players in double figures. Ashley Wakefield managed 14 points, Erika Leflore registered 13 points and Sarah Carr finished with 10 markers.