Lyon women's basketball team ranked No. 23
With a home showdown with No. 1-ranked Lubbock Christian
University (Texas) coming up later this month, the Lyon College women's
basketball team held steady at No. 23 in this week's NAIA Division I
Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which was announced by the
national office Tuesday.
Lyon, along with American Midwest Conference's William Woods
University (moving up one spot to No. 18), remains in the poll, with
Columbia College receiving votes.
The Scots, who received 88 points in the poll, are currently
8-1 on the season. Lyon will take a break for Christmas and return to
the court Dec. 28-29, when the Scots host the Lyon Classic. LC
will take on Oklahoma Baptist University at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 28. OBU
is receiving votes this week in the Top 25 poll. The Scots will then
face top-ranked LCU on Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. Williams Baptist will also
take part in the two-day tourney, playing at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 1
p.m. on Saturday.
Onukwube currently leads four Lyon College in
double-figure scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game. Phagen
Altom is throwing in 11.8 ppg, with Suzanne
Fincham third at 10.7 and Chris Smith fourth at 10.5.
Altom tops the teams in rebounding with 7.0 per contest, and Alex
Davidson is the assist leader at 2.4.
Lubbock Christian, which began the season No. 1, received 10
first-place votes and 281 points in the second regular-season edition,
boasts a 12-0 record, and is No. 1 for the third-straight week. LCU has
been ranked in the Top 10 in 11 straight polls.
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), which will be joining the AMC next
season, received the remaining first-place vote and 272 points to hold
steady at No. 2. Vanguard (Calif.) is third with 263 points, while No.
4 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 5 Westminster (Utah) flip spots from last
week. The Warriors claimed 263 points, while the Griffins received 245
points to round out the top five.
Nine teams advanced one position in the rankings last week,
which is the biggest jump in the poll. Conversely, No. 15 Shawnee State
(Ohio) and No. 21 Georgetown (Ky.) fell as they dropped three spots,
while two schools, Biola (Calif.) (No. 22) and Carroll (Mont.) (No.
24), fell out of the Top 25.
Newcomers to the polls are No. 22 Benedictine (Kan.) and No.
25 Central Methodist (Mo.). Benedictine was idle last week, while
Central Methodist knocked off then-No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.),
66-55, on Dec. 8. This is the first appearance for both schools in the
Division I Top 25.
The next national poll will be announced on Jan. 8.
Toppers sweep Lyon men's basketball team
Blue Mountain College hit a blistering 61.9 percent (13-of-21)
from the field in the first half Saturday evening to build a six-point
halftime lead, and held off the Lyon College men's basketball team in
the final half for a 76-69 win in Becknell Gymnasium to complete the
two-game sweep of LC this season.
The Toppers (5-7), who knocked off the Scots, 84-63, in early
November in the squads' first meeting in Mississippi, cooled off to
51.7 percent (15-of-29) shooting from the field in the second half, but
still connected on 56% of their shots in the game.
Meanwhile, Lyon College (3-8) hit only 32.1% (9-of-28) in the
first 20 minutes, and finished the game connecting on only 37.7 percent
(20-of-53) from the field.
Blue Mountain also won the rebounding battle, 35-27, while
Lyon committed only 12 turnovers, forcing 15 by the Toppers.
Three Lyon College starters reached double-figure scoring as
the Scots hit 26-of-39 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line. Marcus
Humose led Lyon with 23 points, while adding five rebounds
and a pair of assists. Slater
Belew struggled at the line, hitting only 5-of-10, but
scored 13 points and hauled in five boards. Devonte
Young dropped in 11 points and picked up five rebounds.
Leeks struggled with foul problems most of the game,
scoring eight points on the day. Stephon
Martinez chipped in five points and four rebounds, Jordan
Layrock scored four, Ben Worlow
McAllister each added two, and Daniel Ritchie scored one
The contest was close throughout, with neither team opening up
more than a 10-point lead. The score was tied five times in the first
half, the final time coming at the 4:38 mark with both teams scoring 21
points. But Blue Mountain managed to forge ahead 37-31 at the break.
After Lyon trimmed the deficit to three, 37-34, just 16
seconds into the second half, the Toppers went on a 10-3 run over the
next 3:21 to pull out to their biggest lead, 47-37, with 16:23
The Scots took their only lead of the second half, 50-49, with
12:49 remaining after going on a 13-2 spurt, but Blue Mountain took the
lead back and never relinquished it down the stretch, widening the gap
to seven twice, the second being the final score.
Lyon College will now take off 19 days before opening American
Midwest Conference action on Jan. 3 when the Scots travel to St. Louis
to battle Harris-Stowe State University. Lyon's next home action will
come on Jan. 5 in a matchup with Williams Baptist College at 4 p.m.
Next Week's Schedule
Women's Basketball Lyon Classic
Game 1 — Williams Baptist College vs. Lubbock Christian
University, 5:30 p.m.
Game 2 — Lyon vs. Oklahoma Baptist University, 7:30 p.m.
Women's Basketball Lyon Classic
Game 3 — Oklahoma Baptist University vs. Williams Baptist
College, 1 p.m.
Game 4 — Lyon vs. Lubbock Christian University, 3 p.m.