AMC GAME OF THE WEEK TO FEATURE SHOWDOWN BETWEEN LYON, FHU
Women's Basketball - Mon, Feb. 13, 2017
ST. LOUIS – The women's basketball postseason picture is beginning to come into focus in the American Midwest Conference, and with teams down to their final few regular season games, the AMC Game of the Week will feature a top-10 showdown in west Tennessee. The NAIA #1 Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lions (25-0/19-0 AMC) will play the first of two tough home games on Tuesday night, welcoming in the #9 Lyon College Scots (21-3/17-2 AMC) for a pivotal battle. The Lady Lions cannot clinch the AMC title on Tuesday, but a victory would put them on the cusp of doing so this week.
Lyon Scots: The Scots have lost twice in AMC play, once at home to Freed-Hardeman and once on the road at Columbia College. The Scots have managed to navigate the AMC waters with a balanced offense that has only one active player averaging in double figures – Kiara Moore at 11.5 points per game. The Scots can clinch a home game in the AMC Championship with a win, and it would also narrow the gap with the Lady Lions for the top seed and an automatic berth into the NAIA National Championship.
Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions: The Lady Lions have been one of the most consistent teams in the NAIA this season. One of only two remaining unbeaten in NAIA Division I basketball, the Lady Lions can move one step closer to locking up their trip to Billings, Montana for the NAIA National Championship with a victory on Tuesday. A win would ensure no worse than a tie with Columbia, and would put them three games up on Lyon – while also securing the tiebreaker over the Scots – with four games to play.
With their win earlier this season over the Scots, the Lady Lions snapped a three game skid against the Scots which covered all three of the teams' meetings in 2015-16. The Lady Lions and Scots have met 33 times since 1999-2000, and FHU holds a 23-10 advantage in the series.
With the season winding down to a close, the Lady Lions are looking to complete an unblemished regular campaign, while the Scots are looking to keep hope alive of overtaking FHU with a strong finish. A Lyon win would cut the gap to one game in the standings, while a win by FHU would all but lock up the regular season crown for head coach Dale Neal's club.