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Biola Upsets Lee, 69-66

March 15, 2012
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FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score) Chelsea Hill sank both free throws with seven seconds remaining to seal the game, as Biola (Calif.) upset Lee (Tenn.), 69-66, in the first round of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com.

With the win, Biola advances to the second round for the first time since 2009 and becomes the second No. 7 seed to upset a No. 2 this season. The Eagles are now 22-10 on the season.

Trailing by five with 28 seconds remaining, Lee’s Hollie German scored a quick basket before Madison Lee stole the Biola inbound pass and converted the layup to make it only a 67-66 Eagle advantage with seven seconds left. Following a Biola timeout, the Lady Flames nearly forced another Eagle turnover, but were forced to foul. Hill – a 71.9 percent free throw shooter – sealed the victory, converting both ends of her double-bonus attempts.

Hill was one of a trio of Eagles that finished the night with 15 points, as seven different Biola players registered points in the game. Adijat Adams and Charrise Reece were the other two.

Four different Eagle players scored points as Biola raced out to a 10-1 lead. However, things turned quickly as Lee scored 11 of the game’s next 13 points to tie the score, 12-12, midway through the opening frame. The two sides traded baskets over the next seven minutes before a Lauren Gustafson 3-pointer sparked an 8-2 Biola mini-run. However, Lee cut the deficit to 32-29 at the half.

Similarly to the first half, Biola opened with a 10-2 run that included seven points from Adams. The Eagles would hold an advantage between six and 11 points for a majority of the half before halting the late Lee surge at the free throw line.

Biola finished the contest shooting 51.9 percent (27-of-52) from the field, including 14-for-23 effort in the second half. Additionally, the Eagles forced 13 Lady Flame turnovers and held a slight, 31-30, edge in rebounding.

Hollie German led Lee with a season-high 34 points on 11-of-13 shooting and a 9-for-9 effort at the foul line. She also added three assists and three rebounds. Mary Jackson rounded out the Lady Flame double-digit scorers with 12 points.

With the loss, Lee falls in the first round for the second-consecutive season. The Lady Flames finish the year 30-4 overall.
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