Lady ‘Splitters open season on Sunday

November 8, 2013

HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lincoln Memorial University women’s basketball team gets the 2013-14 season underway on Sunday, when they head to Winston-Salem State for a non-conference bout with the Rams.

The Lady Railsplitters compiled a 14-15 overall mark last season with a 7-11 South Atlantic Conference record, finishing tied for seventh in the league standings.

Lincoln Memorial will be without three significant contributors from last season’s squad as Kelsey Bradford, Ralissa Nelson and Mariah Richardson were lost to graduation.

However, the Lady Railsplitters return nine players from the 2012-13 squad, and eight of those individuals appeared in at least 20 game. Headlining that group are seniors and Preseason All-SAC second team selections Kalasia Green and MaRanda Boddie.

Green was stellar in her first season in the blue and gray as she paced the Lady Railsplitters by churning out 11.2 points per game. The Laveen, Ariz., product led LMU with 106 field goals and a 41.6 field goal percentage. She rounded out her stat ledger with 40 assists, 38 steals and 94 rebounds.

Boddie, meanwhile, posted 9.3 points per appearance and reined in a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per game, ranking fifth in the SAC. The Springfield, Ill., native was the most fearsome shot blocker in the league as she led the SAC with 65 blocks and 2.2 per game.

Also returning with Green in the backcourt are senior Haley Nelson, and sophomores Britney Guy, Jasmine Kelly ,Miranda Davenport and Brook Fuson .

LMU’s front court benefits from the return of sophomores Elliotte Roberts and Kortnay Cox, who combined for 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

The Lady Railsplitters welcome seven additions to the 2013-14 squad, five of which have at least two years of college experience.

Those include junior guard Katrina Ottesen, a transfer from Colorado State; junior forward Samantha Satterlee, a transfer from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan.; guards Aisjah Roan (Walters State) and Ashley Pritchett (Eastern Kentucky); and 6-foot forward Lakeisha Beasley from Central Georgia Tech.

LMU also has a pair of true freshmen in Sydnie Anderson, a 5-8 guard from Cleveland, Tenn.; and Josey Harding, a 6-2 forward from Middletown, Ohio.

SAC coaches have predicted a sixth-place finish for the Lady Railsplitters this season.tagged the Lady Railsplitters at No. 6.

Lincoln Memorial has their home opener on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Concord.