COLUMBIA, MO (LYON) – The 17th-ranked Lyon College women's basketball team displayed a balanced attack and turned 27 Stephens College turnovers into 41 points on the offensive end as the Scots clinched the second seed in the upcoming American Midwest Conference Postseason Tournament with a convincing 86-34 road victory over the Stars in Silverthorne Arena Monday night.
With only two games remaining in the regular season, Lyon (23-5, 19-3 AMC) moved within one victory of last year's total and tied the best conference mark in the history of the program, which occurred last year. Stephens fell to 3-25 with the setback, 3-20 in conference play.
The Scots will receive a first-round bye in the upcoming AMC tourney next Monday (March 2) and host a second-round game on March 4 (7 p.m.) against the survivor of seventh-seed andthe 10th-seed, who play Monday. Harris-Stowe (11-15, 10-12 AMC), Williams Baptist (11-16, 10-12 AMC) and Hannibal-LaGrange (10-16, 10-12 AMC) are all currently tied for seventh place with two games remaining. Missouri Baptist (7-19, 7-15 AMC) will be the 10th-place finisher.
The Scots controlled every aspect of Monday's game, limiting the Stars to only 23.8% (5-of-21) shooting from the field in the first half as Lyon rolled out to a 48-19 lead at the break.
Lyon took advantage of the Stars' mistakes, turning them into easy buckets on the offensive end. The Scots outscored Stephens 10-0 in fastbreak opportunities and 48-10 in points in the paint. Lyon also controlled the boards, outrebounding Stephens 57-26, and held the upperhand of 21-4 in second-chance points.
The Scots had a balanced attack, with Taylor Gaedtke (JR/Keller, Tex.) (pictured at right) posting a double-double to lead the charge with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Elliot Taylor (SO/Cabot, Ark.) hit 6-of-8 field goals for 13 points, while pulling down five boards. Taylor Grigg (JR/Huntsville, Ark.) was also in double-figure scoring with 12 points.
Ashala Watson (SR/Magnolia, Ark.) had the most balanced game of the night, scoring six points, grabbing eight rebounds, while handing out six assists and picking up eight steals. Jamie Jackson (SO/Beebe, Ark.) scored nine points and added four steals, while Kaley Moore (SR/Fort Smith, Ark.) scored eight points in a starting role.
The Stars, who were held to 20.4% (10-of-49) shooting from the field and 18.2% (4-of-22) from three-point range, were led by Dana Heggemann's nine points. Makayla Butler chipped in eight points and seven boards and Bridget Teixeira scored seven.