The SAGU Lady Lions entered Monday night's contest with the Bacone College Lady Warriors only two games out of the conference tournament, but they did not help themselves with a 66-50 loss.
A win and a loss for either Paul Quinn or Texas Wesleyan would move the ladies one step closer to the tournament.
Right out of the gate, with four points from Jamie Duke and two from Michelle Michener, the Lady Lions found themselves up 6-0.
This lead would hold until Bacone tied the game 19-19 with 9:35 left to go in the half.
The Lady Warriors would then lead by four just to see their lead vanish when Lindsey Burnett made a shot on an Amanda Hores assist to tie the game at 23-23.
From this point the Lady Lions would go on a 10-3 run that would carry them to a 33-26 halftime lead.
The scoring in the first half was truly a team effort.
Evelyn Johnson, the Red River Conference leading scorer, had the scoring load lightened as Duke scored 11 points and Hores and Michener dropped in eight points.
Johnson put up four points in the first half as the other players rose to the occasion.
In the second half, the SAGU Lady Lions continued their scoring pace, opening up a 12-point lead, 46-34, when Evelyn Johnson hit a jumper.
However, from this point, SAGU's offense would go cold, while Bacone's offense would heat up.
Over the next 12:44 of basketball clock, the Lady Warriors would score 32 points as the Lady Lions would manage four points.
With 10 minutes left in the half, Bacone tied the game at 47-47. SAGU would not score during 11 minutes and 15 seconds of the second half.
Despite the loss, the Lady Lions registered two double-doubles. First, Jamie Duke finished the night with 14 points.
Then Michener followed with her 13 points and 15 rebounds. Finally, Amanda Hores sunk ten points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Next stop for the Lady Lions will be in Houston when they will play the Houston Baptist Lady Huskies on Saturday.