Basketball (W)

Women's Basketball Comes Up Short Against #9 LMU

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HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Unbeaten and ninth-ranked Lincoln Memorial claimed a 70-66 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Turner Arena.  The Lady Railsplitters improve to 15-0 overall and 10-0 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 10-5 and 7-3.

The game wasn't decided until the final minutes, but it was a 9-1 run early in the fourth quarter that put LMU up to stay.  Down 57-56, two free throws by Dasia Maxwell gave the Lady Railsplitters a 58-57 edge with 8:06 left. Shea Coker capped the run to give LMU a 65-58 lead with 5:46 to go.

A three-pointer by Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C./N. Iredell/Belmont Abbey) and a jumper by Terri Rogers (Burlington, N.C./E. Alamance) brought Catawba within 65-63 with 4:44 to go.  Catawba would misfire on its next seven shots from the field and LMU was able to hang on.

Johnson tossed in 32 points in a losing effort for the Lady Indians which included six three-pointers.  Rogers was the only other Catawba player in double figures with 10 points.  Rogers would grab nine rebounds and Serena Brown (Ft. Washington, Md./Bowie) dished out nine assists.

Megan Pittman led LMU, posting a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds.  Coker collected 16 points and Josey Harding had 10 rebounds.

Lincoln Memorial used a big day on the boards, outrebounding Catawba 52-38.  That included a 22-10 edge on the offense glass.  Both teams shot 36% and hit eight three-pointers.

Catawba finished a three-game road swing on Wednesday as the Lady Indians travel to Newberry for a 6 pm tip.

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