The Lincoln Memorial University Lady Railsplitters swept the season series 2-0 with a 66-57 road win over the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats Thursday evening in non-conference action. Both teams opened the season against one another, with the Lady Railsplitters pulling out the 55-50 home win.
The teams exchanged baskets and the lead in the game's first four minutes before the visitors would begin to pull away. Back to back three pointers by Betsy Bowser extended the Lincoln lead to 18-10 at the 10:07 mark. The Lady Railsplitter lead reached as high as 11 before senior captain Taukia Hughes ignited a late first half surge. Lees-McRae would go on a 10-3 run to end the half and send the teams into the locker room at 32-28.
Stephanie Mullinax took charge for the home side to start the half leading a 10-6 run with six points to even the score for the first time since tip off, 38-38. Dianca Jones' field goal at 15:06 would give the Lady Bobcats the lead for the first time since the three minute mark of the first half. For much of the second half the Lady Bobcats controlled the pace of the game and managed to extend their lead to as much as six. After one time out didn't wake up his charges, Lincoln Head Coach Roger Vannoy again signaled for time out to speak to his team. A six point Lady Bobcat lead quickly evolved into a ten point deficit. As the Lady Railsplitters began driving the lane harder and more often, Lees-McRae was whistled for foul after foul. Three different Lincoln players were sent to the foul line; making each free throw they were awarded. Amber Benfield's three pointer with just over five minutes to play got the Lady Bobcats back into the game, however the Lady Railsplitters would use each second of the shot clock on every possession to kill the clock and any possible come back.
Jones, (pictured top left), had a game high 13 points for the Lady Bobcats while Mullinax chipped in 12 and a game high 11 rebounds. Cortney Furr and Brittany Roberson contributed nine and eight points respectively.
Madeline Richards led the visitors with 12 while LaToya Johnson added 10 and Bowser nine. Andi Winney contributed defensively with a team high 7 rebounds while both Johnson and Bowser each pulled down six apiece.
The Lady Railsplitters out shot the home side 46.2% to 33.3% from the field and 68.2% to 56.3% from the charity stripe. Lincoln also out rebounded the Lady Bobcats 42-37. Although the Lady Bobcats fall to 0-3, some positives can be taken from the game. Lees-McRae out scored the visitors on points off turnovers 20-6.
The Lady Bobcats will travel to Barton College Saturday December
2nd for a doubleheader with men. The women tip-off at 6:00pm,
while the men get started after the conclusion of the women's