Clicking on all cylinders on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, Lee University women produced what coach Marty Rowe called his team's most complete game of the season on Saturday afternoon in Walker Arena.
Paced by the scoring of Jenna Adams and the all-around outstanding play of Rachel Lockhart, the Lady Flames improved to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in the Gulf South Conference with a convincing 66-40 victory over visiting Memphis Christian Brothers.
Adams recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 28 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes of playing time. She was 9-of-15 from the field, 3-of-6 from behind the arc and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Lockhart was called on to defend the Lady Bucs leading scorer, Breanna Ridgell, and held the CBU guard to only two points the entire second half. Ridgell finished the contest with 14 points. Lockhart also had 13 points, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range and she blocked four shots.
"Rachel helped open things up for Jenna and Hollie (German) by making those 3-pointers," said coach Rowe. "She played 32 minutes and gave us everything she had. I know it goes unnoticed at times but those who watch her nightly realize she's one of the most valuable I've had since coming to Lee.
"Jenna showed us what she can do if she stays out of foul trouble," added Rowe. "She was more productive by moving down low and posting up, then going back outside to knock down 3-of-6 3-point shots. I'm pleased with the overall effort of the entire team. We beat a very good Christian Brothers team this afternoon."
German finished the game with 15 points and played 37 minutes. "When you have played four games in seven days and get over 30 minutes from Hollie, Jenna (35) and Rachel (32), you have to realize how badly our girls wanted this win. We held Christian Brothers to only 36 percent shooting from the field and I don't know of many teams that can do that," said the Lee coach. After shooting 48 percent in the first half, the Lady Bucs were only able to convert 25 percent of their field goal attempts in the second 20 minutes and were held to just six field goals.
Lee dominated all phases of the game, out-rebounding the visitors 39-26 and committing just 11 turnovers compared to 17 for the losers. The Lady Flames finished the contest with a 41 percent shooting mark from the field. They struggled a bit from 3-point range, making only 7-of-24 and made 17-of-25 free-throw attempts.
While Ridgell produced 14 points, no other Lady Buc had more than six points as CBU fell to 7-5 and 3-3 in the GSC.
Lee will get a brief break before hitting the road and facing West Alabama on Thursday evening in Livingston. The Lady Flames will wrap up the road trip next Saturday by going back to Alabama and testing Huntsville.
CBU 74, FLAMES 67
Playing its fourth game in a week, the Lee men's basketball team came up short against visiting Christian Brothers University, 74-67 on Saturday afternoon inside Walker Arena.
After trailing by seven (36-29) at the halftime break, the Flames cut the lead to four at the 17:46 mark in the second half on a 3-point basket by Chad Lee. The Bucs would buckle down from there however and never let Lee any closer to seal the road victory.
"They packed it in defensively and made it difficult for us to get to the basket. We got several good looks at 3's but we just couldn't convert," lamented head coach Tommy Brown.
The Flames shot 50.9 percent (27-of-53) from the field while the Bucs came in at 51.9 percent (27-of-52). The big difference in the game came from behind the arc as CBU converted 10-of-20 from 3 while the Flames cashed in just two of its 16 attempts.
"I don't think we played that bad. They just really shot the 3 well," said Brown. "(Mike Nienaber) is a legendary coach and they executed their offense very well. It's hard to defend with just one day to prepare for it."
Corey Billingsley scored 14 points to lead the Flames. The senior converted 4-of-10 from the field and was 6-of-7 from the foul line. Stedmond Ford bounced back from a difficult scoring night on Thursday to register 13 points. The freshman was 6-of-11 from the field. Another freshman Jamal Worthington made the most of his extended playing time by scoring 12 points while pulling down four rebounds.
Any time the Flames managed to make a run, the Bucs were able to stem the tide thanks in large part to Trey Casey's offensive production. Casey scored a game-high 26 points finishing 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Drew Hildreth added 15 points and eight rebounds while Harry Green tallied 12 points for the Memphis club.
"I hope our young guys learn from the way they execute their offense," added Brown.
The Flames held the advantage in the rebounding department by a 31-24 margin. Leading rebounder Chad Lee pulled down 10 boards to go along with seven points.
The loss drops Lee to 6-6 on the year and 2-4 in the Gulf South Conference. The victory moves CBU to 7-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
The Flames will look to get back on the winning track when they travel to Livingston, Ala. to tangle with GSC foe West Alabama on Thursday. The Tigers currently occupy second place in the rugged GSC with a 4-2 conference mark. Tip time is set for 8:30 p.m.