The 18th-ranked Lyon College women's basketball team shot 73% (11-of-15) in the first quarter and rode that hot start to a 90-52 American Midwest Conference victory over Park on Saturday inside Becknell Gymnasium. The Scots honored the late Pat Summitt on Saturday as the contest was promoted as their "We Back Pat" game. The initiative, which utilizes promotional public address announcements, video endorsements and television exposure to share a very important message, focuses on raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease and The Pat Summitt Foundation's role in fighting it. The Scots donned "We Back Pat" shirts on Saturday.
With the win, the Scots improved to 14-1 and remain perfect in conference play at 10-0. The Scots extended their current winning streak to 12 games. Park dropped to 4-9 (1-9 AMC).
It was the Jade Giron and Liz Henderson show to start the game for the Scots as the duo combined for 17 points as Lyon led, 17-6, six minutes into the contest. The Scots got some production off the bench during the final two minutes of the quarter as Alley Edwards, Marleigh Dodson and Kristen Baham all got involved in the scoring mix that Lyon gave a 29-15 lead after the first quarter.
The Scots took their largest lead of the half with 1:44 remaining in the second quarter on a bucket by Madison Riley that gave Lyon a 47-20 advantage. Park answered back with a pair of buckets by Sarah Lamp, but Riley split a pair of free throws that gave the Scots a 48-24 lead at the half.
Lyon cruised the rest of the way, outscoring the Pirates, 26-15, in the third quarter and 16-13 in the fourth and earned a 38-point victory.
Riley (19), Henderson (15) and Giron (15) all finished in double figures in scoring for the Scots. Riley just missed out on recording a double-double as she finished the game with nine assists.
The Scots will open up a four-game AMC road trip at St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Pirates get past Scots
The Lyon College men's basketball team rallied back from a 13-point deficit with 11:20 remaining in the second half to pull back within one point, 59-58, in the final minute of the game, but Park held on for a 63-60 win on Saturday afternoon inside Becknell Gymnasium.
Park improved to 12-3 (7-3 American Midwest Conference) with the win, while the Scots dropped to 10-6 (6-3 AMC).
Prior to the game, Lyon College Assistant Athletic Director for Media and Communications, Matt Jagodzinski presented Lyon College head men's basketball coach Chad Tapp a basketball in recognition of Tapp's 100th career win with the program. Tapp earned his 100th win at Lyon last Saturday in the Scots' 65-61 win over No. 18 Central Baptist College.
After a bucket by Cory Reeves gave Park a 50-37 lead with 11:20 left to play, the Scots began to climb their way back into the game. Sam Chumley knocked down a pair of big buckets for the Scots off the bench and sparked a 21-9 run over a 10-minute stretch as a free throw by Cole Anderson brought the Scots back within one at 59-58 with 1:26 remaining.
A pair of key offensive rebounds led to a basket by Quez Williamson that extended the Pirates' lead back to three a minute later. The Scots answered back with a layup by Winston Peace off an assist by Anderson.
With the shot clock off, the Scots were forced to foul as Shahadah Camp knocked down a pair of free throws to extend the Pirates' lead to three once again. Lyon had one final look at the basket but was unable to connect on a game-tying three-point attempt.
Anderson led the Scots with a team-high 19 points while Faris Verlasevic added 11 points off the bench.
The Scots will open up a four-game AMC road trip at St. Louis College of Pharmacy Thursday at 7:30 p.m.