Even though the Lady Crusaders finished 0-2 on the weekend they gave a great account of themselves on the whole after competing with last years NAIA I national semifinalist Lee University.
Temple headed into the Saturday match up, with the host team Lee University, who are ranked as the #7 team in the NAIA I Preseason poll. Lee coming off an all-star caliber performance from Brooke McKinnon who hit 42 the night before, ran into a temple team determined to do better.
Temple, led by Cherelle James in scoring and rebounding, finishing with 19 points and seven rebounds, pushed the flames to the final minutes in what proved to be an exciting contest. Temple went into the half trailing 43-27 after an efficient first half from Sophomore Guard from London, England Amber Charles, who was perfect from the field scoring 8 of her career high 16 points to keep Temple within striking distance. The Lady Crusaders came out firing in the second half, outscoring Lee 42-40, on 57% shooting from the field. The Lee University women's basketball team held on to defeat the Tennessee Temple University Lady Crusaders, 83-69, putting the Lady Crusaders at 1-5 and moving the Lee University Flames to 3-0. Anshel Cooper added a season high 17 points on the night, Kanetra Gonzalez ended the game with 8 points and 4 Assists, Other scorers included, Mcghee with 4, Salera and Wilson with 2 a piece and Gardner finished with 1. Lee University's Mckinnon led all scorers with 20 points.
A strong second half showing saw temple hold Lee to 11% shooting from the 3pt line and 25% from the field in the second period. Coach Liburd, described the tournament as "a great learning experience, both on and off the court, as we search for consistency, while finding out more about each other and ourselves as individuals".
These two teams will face off again, Jan.6 at Tennessee Temple University.
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