NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NAIA No. 11 Trevecca (6-5, 0-1) fell 90-80 at No. 3 Freed-Hardeman (11-2, 1-0) in their TranSouth conference opener.
Freed-Hardeman started the game with a 10-0 run, which grew to a 20-5 lead with eight minutes left in the half. Trevecca was held to only 35 percent shooting in the first half, while the Lions shot 48 percent from the floor. Trevecca rallied back and twice cut the lead to seven points including the 41-34 halftime score.
In the second half the Trojans' continued to work at cutting the FHU lead. Trevecca never led, but did cut the lead to one point (59-58) and had possession of the ball. After FHU pulled away again, Trevecca cut the lead to just three points again, but could never get over that last hump.
“I thought we did a great job of coming back from the 17-3 deficit, we had a chance to tie and a chance to take the lead in the second half,” said TNU head coach Gary Van Atta. “I felt like if we could have tied the game or taken the lead we could have found a way to get the win, but we have to work on starting the game with better intensity and not putting ourselves in that position.”
Abby Lawson led Trevecca with 17 points with 7-for-17 shooting from the field. Mariska Reed had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Reed also added three assists and a steal. K.C. Van Atta (14) and Christian Gibson (12) also hit double figures in scoring. Van Atta (8) and MyRanda Wright (7) were second and third in rebounding. Gibson had a team high three steals. Trevecca fell below its season averages in shooting. Trevecca was 30-for-77 (39%) from the field and 11-for-20 (55%) from the foul line. Trevecca did grab 40 rebounds and only had nine team turnovers.
Trevecca will host No. 1 Union (12-0) for their home conference opener on Thursday, January 10 at 6 p.m.