Basketball (W)

Cold Shooting Stops Women's Basketball at LMU


HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Lincoln Memorial rode a hot start en route to a 77-57 victory over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Turner Arena.  The Lady Railsplitters improve to 10-8 overall and 7-5 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 9-8 and 6-6.

Lincoln Memorial scored the game's first 11 points and never trailed.  Catawba made a pair of runs to close the gap in the opening half.  Down 18-5, the Lady Indians scored 10 straight to pull within three points then  after dropping down by 11 reduced the lead to six with just under eight minutes left before the break.

The Lady Railsplitters broke the game open over the final six minutes of the half using a 10-0 run to go on top 39-23.  LMU capped the half on a half-court three-pointer by Kiara Rawls for a 42-27 lead.  LMU canned 52% (17-of-33) in the half to just 32% (11-of-34) for Catawba.  The Lady Indians also struggled at the line, going 3-of-10, and were outrebounded 28-18.

The Lady Indians drew within nine early in the second half, but LMU stretched the margin to 58-40 with 12 minutes remaining.  Catawba never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Chloe Bully (Hannut, Belgium/KOL Landen) led Catawba with 13 points.  Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C./N. Iredell HS/Belmont Abbey) and Serena Brown (Ft. Washington, Md./Bowie HS) each scored nine points with Johnson grabbing seven rebounds.  The Lady Indians made just 29% (19-of-66) of their shots.

Aisjah Lee led four double-figure scores for the Lady Railsplitters with 17 points.  Rawls and Shea Coker each tallied 15 points with Megan Pittman adding 13.  Pittman posted a double-double as she collected 10 rebounds.

Lincoln Memorial never cooled off, finishing the game at 53%, making 29-of-55 shots.  The Lady Railsplitters also controlled the glass by a 52-33 margin.

Catawba returns home on Wednesday to host Lenoir-Rhyne at Goodman Gym at 6 p.m.

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