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WINGATE, N.C. — A cold-shooting second overtime by the Lady Railsplitters (13-8, 10-6 SAC) spoiled the day as Wingate (11-8, 8-7 SAC) escaped with the 83-74 win in double overtime Saturday afternoon in Cuddy Arena.
Josey Harding (Middletown, Ohio) led the way for the Lady Railsplitters with 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Kiara Rawls (Killeen, Texas) had 19 points and Britney Guy (Locust Grove, Ga.) added in 11 points and two steals. Megan Pittman (Liberty, Ky.) had her 13th double-digit rebounding performance of the season as she pulled down ten rebounds.
WINGATE, N.C. — Jalen Steele (Knoxville, Tenn.), Gerel Simmons (Accokeek, Md.) and Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) matched Wingate’s point total to lead the fifth-ranked Railsplitters (20-2, 16-0 SAC) to a 107-74 win over the Bulldogs in South Atlantic Conference men’s hoops action on Saturday at Cuddy Arena.
Lincoln Memorial’s three-headed monster combined for 74 points to fuel the Railsplitters’ ninth 100-point performance of the season. Steele led that trio with 32 points, as the Knoxville, Tenn. native finished 11-for-19 from the field and one three-pointer shy of tying his and Choice’s single-game record for threes with a 9-for-12 mark from deep. Simmons fell just short of a triple-double with 24 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while Choice went 5-for-8 from three-point range to score 18 points, which he coupled with seven rebounds and three assists.
The win gives the Railsplitters their seventh consecutive 20-win season – a feat that had happened only one other time in the program’s more than 100-year history – and extends the best SAC start in league history to 16-0. Continue reading: LMU picks up 20th win of the season at Wingate
HARROGATE, Tenn. — The fifth-ranked Railsplitters (19-2, 15-0 SAC) used a 45-6 onslaught that carried over from the end of the first half until deep into the second half to power past the Brevard Tornados (3-17, 2-12 SAC) 88-55 at Tex Turner Arena on Wednesday night.
The win gives Lincoln Memorial both the best SAC start and the longest SAC winning streak in league history, as the Railsplitters surpassed both its 2010-11 and 2014-15 teams to claim that distinction. The victory also marked the Railsplitters’ 250th all-time win at Tex Turner Arena, and coincidentally it came on a night when Lincoln Memorial celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first game ever played within the friendly confines. Head coach Josh Schertz is now responsible for 109 of those wins in his seven and a half seasons.
Harrogate, Tenn. — On a night when Splitter Nation was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Tex Turner Arena, the current incarnation of the Lady Railsplitters (13-7, 10-5 SAC) picked up their 13th win of the season with the 81-44 win over Brevard (1-17, 0-14 SAC) Wednesday evening.
Shea Coker (Knoxville, Tenn.) led LMU with 17 points off the bench as she went 5-8 from the field, 2-4 from three point range and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line. Megan Pittman (Liberty, Ky.) had her ninth double-double of the season as she scored 14 points and pulled down eleven rebounds. Britney Guy (Locust Grove, Ga.) also had 12 points and four assists. LMU had 22 points off turnover, 26 second-chance points and 65 points off the bench. Continue reading: Lady Railsplitters pick up 13th win, 81-44 over Brevard
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Wildcats lose second in a row at Florida, 85-79
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Kentucky women’s basketball team suffered its second straight loss in Southeastern Conference play on Sunday afternoon, dropping an 85-79 decision to the(RV) Florida Gators at the O’Connell Center.
Kentucky had the ball down three with 6.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after being down as many as 12 points, but UK would turn it over off the inbounds play, and the Gators went the other way for an and-one that put UK down two scores with under five seconds to go.
Harrogate, Tenn. — The Lady Railsplitters (12-7, 9-5 SAC) used a 19-4 second quarter run and defensive pressure to force Lenoir-Rhyne (6-11, 5-8 SAC) into one of their worst shooting performances of the season as LMU won 65-49 in the Tex Turner Arena Saturday afternoon.
LMU was led by Shea Coker (Knoxville, Tenn.) who came off the bench to score ten points. Megan Pittman (Liberty, Ky.) had eight points and a game-high nine rebounds. Jasmine Kelly (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Blake Lamb (Bean Station, Tenn.) also chipped in eight points apiece. Stephanie Smith came off the bench and led all players with five blocks.
As a team, the Lady Railsplitters shot a season-high 52.1% (25-48) from the field, 36.4% (4-11) from three-point range and 78.6% (11-14) from the free throw line. Lenoir-Rhyne went 24.2% (15-62) from the field, which was their second lowest shooting percentage of the season. The Bears also went 23.1% (3-13) from three-point range and 66.7% (16-24) from the charity stripe. LMU outrebounded Lenoir-Rhyne 44-32, which marks the 16th time in 19 games this season the Lady Railsplitters have held the advantage on the boards. Continue reading: Lady Railsplitters turn up the “D” in win over Lenoir-Rhyne
HARROGATE, Tenn. — The seventh-ranked Railsplitters (18-2, 14-0 SAC) put forth a lockdown second-half defensive effort to overcome an 18-point deficit and defeat the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears (12-6, 7-6 SAC) 86-75 in South Atlantic Conference men’s hoops action on Saturday afternoon at Tex Turner Arena.
“They punched us in the mouth early,” LMU head men’s basketball coach Josh Schertz said. “They were certainly the more aggressive team and whipped us in transition. We had some shooting turnovers that led to runouts and unbalanced floors and they made us pay. We made some changes from a matchup standpoint, shifted some guys around and played small for most of the game. I thought our guys showed incredible mental toughness to bounce back from that, keep fighting and keep playing.” Continue reading: 7th-ranked LMU overcomes 18 point deficit, wins by 11 over Lenoir-Rhyne