The Lady Bulldogs returned from their Christmas break to travel to Union, KY where they competed against Pikeville University last Thursday and then played Indiana University-Southeast on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs never trailed in the game against Pikeville and came away with a 67-58 win. On friday, it was a different story with Tennessee Wesleyan being defeated 72-81 by Indiana University-Southeast.
Leah Fraizer's three-point play opened the scoring against Pikeville and Michelle Davis' layup, followed by a 3-pointer, made it 8-4. Candace Cain and Lauren Murr sandwiched 3-point baskets around a short jumper by Heather Gibson to fuel a string of eight unaswered points as the Lady Bulldogs pulled out to a 21-7 lead at the 9:07 mark. Wesleyan would take a 30-19 lead on Madison McWilliams' free throw and was ahead, 30-21, at the half.
The teams traded baskets with TWC leading, 40-31, before salting the game away with a 12-0 run. Cody Houck had a three-point play and Murr a 3-pointer in the decisive four-minute stretch. Pikeville closed the final margin to nine points after Rice went to his bench during the final three minutes of play.
Gibson finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals; Frazier 12 points, three assists; Murr 10 points, three assists; Davis nine points, six rebounds, two steals; Cain nine points, six rebounds and Houck seven points and nine rebounds.
On Friday, the Lady Bulldogs only led by as much as 7 in the first half, and went into the locker room ahead by 2 with a score of 40-38. IU-Southeast came out in the second half ready to score, taking the lead with 16:00 left to play. The Lady Bulldogs came back ahead by one with 11:07 left in the game, but IU-Southeast came right back to led after two free throws were made.
Leading for the Lady Bulldogs was Cody Houck with 17 points. Also scoring in double digits was Heather Gibson (13), Candace Cain (11), and Michelle Davis (11).
Tennessee Wesleyan host newcomer to the AAC, Point University on January 3rd with the women playing at 5:30 pm and the men to follow at 7:30 pm.