Harding Lady Bison Basketball falls to Benedict, 41-40

From Harding University

A last second effort fell short as the Harding women's basketball team fell to Benedict on Monday night 41-40 in non-conference action. It was the first loss of the season for the Lady Bisons as they fall to 2-1.

The 81 combined points was the fewest points in Lady Bison basketball history. The previous record was 84, when Harding fell to Northeastern State 36-48 in 2000.

A jumper with 1:20 left to play by junior forward Cherilyn McMenamy cut the Benedict lead to one. The Lady Tigers had a chance to increase their lead on their next possession but both attempts fell short giving the Lady Bisons the potential game winning shot. With less than 10 seconds remaining, Harding had two scoring opportunities to take the lead but both attempts fell short giving Benedict the win.

Junior guard Sierra Rollins led the Lady Bisons with 11 points. McMenamy led Harding on the boards, grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds.

Benedict was led by Ashlee Jones who had 11 points. Utivia Barnes had a game-high 15 rebounds for the Lady Tigers.

Both teams shot poorly in the game. Harding hit 15-of-47 (31.9 percent) shots from the field. The Lady Bisons attempted 15 3-pointers only making one (6.7 percent). Benedict shot 11-of-51 (21.6 percent) from the field and 7-of-19 from behind the 3-point line.

The Lady Bisons continue their road trip on Saturday as they travel to Carrollton, Ga., to face West Georgia at 4 p.m.