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Women's Basketball Falls at Lincoln Memorial

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HARROGATE, TN -- Lincoln Memorial got 30 points from Dayshalee Salaman and went 18-of-20 at the line to claim a 76-69 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Turner Arena.  The Lady Railsplitters improve to 9-15 overall and 6-8 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 14-10 and 7-6.

Catawba held a six-point lead midway through the second half, but a pair of three-pointers by Salaman put LMU on top 56-55 with 9:34 to go.  Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) tied the game on a follow shot at 63-all with 5:51 remaining before the Lady Railsplitters began to pull away.

Lincoln Memorial scored six straight points, which started with a Amberly O’Dell three-pointer, for a 69-63 edge with 3:30 left.  Kisha Long (Dallas, NC/Gaston Day) brought the Lady Indians within two at 71-69 on a three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining.  Carolyn Mills missed one of two free throws with 25 seconds left to give Catawba a chance, but Milica Ivanovic (Belgrade, SERBIA/Sports High/Bethel) was off the mark on a three-point try.  Salaman added four free throws over the last 13 seconds for the final margin.

Salaman, who set a SAC record with 44 points in the first meeting of the two teams, hit on 9-of-15 shots, including a perfect 3-for-3 performance behind the arc, and made all nine free throw attempts.  She added six rebounds and seven assists.  Blandine Kikwiki-Mamuku tallied 12 points with O’Dell following with 10.

Hicks posted a double-double for Catawba with 13 points and 14 rebounds.  It was her 13th of the season.  Long scored a season-high 18 points, while Ivanovic added 16.

LMU shot 50% in the game and made 6-of-11 (55%) from three-point range.  Catawba made 39% and was 3-of-13 from behind the arc.  Catawba held a 37-32 edge on the boards and had four less turnovers.

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