A top-10 battle of NAIA Division I women's basketball teams went the way of No. 2 Union University on Saturday, when Lavanda Ross had 22 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals in a 71-56 win over No. 9 Lee.
The loss at Jackson, Tenn., was the first in 10 games this season for the Lady Flames, who got 18 points and seven rebounds from Angela Spann and 14 points from Hollie German. Lee shot only 31.8 percent for the game, including 4-of-16 from 3-point range, while Union (11-1) shot 42.4 percent.
Mildred Olumasi and Astrid Hutteman scored 12 points each for Union, and LaTesa McLaughlin made five steals.
Shorter, ranked No. 5 in NAIA Division I, rose to 11-0 with an 80-53 road win over NAIA D-II member Bryan. Walter Hill had 18 points for the Hawks, and LaFayette's Tyler Burse had eight points in eight minutes. Rob Riley had 12 points and seven rebounds and Logan Sharp scored 11 points for the Lions (4-10).
Tennessee Wesleyan dropped to 6-6 with a 100-92 loss to Truett-McConnell in the Bryan Classic. The Wesleyan women, meanwhile, are 6-4 after winning 66-51 at Brenau.
Anna Thomas had 11 points and Bethany McArthur added nine to lead the Bryan women's 66-39 win Friday night at Pensacola Christian. Covenant's Lady Scots (2-5) lost 54-50 there Saturday, with only Margaret Cross in double figures with 11 points. Ashley Antuna and Candace Coleman combined for 33 points in Pensacola's first victory.
The Covenant men lost at home to North Carolina Wesleyan, 82-65, despite jumping to a 27-13 lead as Callum Sears hit his first five shots, including three 3s. His 15 points led the Scots, who got 10 points and four steals from Jon DeVries, nine assists from T.J. Cox and 10 rebounds from Colton McGriff. Alex Murray had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Justin Griffith scored 17 points for the Battling Bishops.
Milligan's Lady Buffs kept Tennessee Temple winless with an 83-52 decision at Union College.
Led by 22 and 20 points from Khamiyah Crawford and April Woodard, Chattanooga State's Lady Tigers beat Cleveland State 87-74 in TCCAA play. Hidaayah Williams and Jasmain Carey added 14 and 12 points in the win, while Chelsea Jones scored 19 and Hannah Brown and Brittany Ramsey added 15 each for the Lady Cougars.
The Georgia Northwestern women's team got its first win of the season in opening NJCAA Region XVII play, 59-46 over Middle Georgia Tech, but the visitors won the men's game at Rossville, 68-64, despite six 3s and 26 points from the Bobcats' Ben Patton. Alex Miller added 15 for GNTC, which committed 28 turnovers.
Boo McPherson scored 14 points and Jasmine Heath and Jessica Williams added 10 apiece for the Lady Cats, and Williams grabbed 17 rebounds.