ANDERSON, S.C .— The Lady Railsplitters overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and outlasted the Anderson University Trojans down the stretch to capture a 62-58 victory in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday.
Lincoln Memorial snapped a five-game losing skid to improve to 5-6 overall and 4-3 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Anderson fell to 7-6 and 3-4.
Lincoln Memorial struggled mightily on the offensive end in the opening half, making only seven field goals while shooting 25 percent from the floor in that stanza to go into the break trailing, 28-21. The Lady Railsplitters got back on track in the second frame, shooting a blistering 48.1 percent mark while outscoring the Trojans 41-30 over the final 20 minutes of action.
Senior forward MaRanda Boddie led the way for the Lady Railsplitters with 16 points, 10 of which came in the second half. She added five rebounds and four blocks. Katrina Ottesen backed that effort with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Junior guard Aisjah Roan was limited to only 11 points, but the Louisville native made her presence felt by reigning in a career-best and game-high 16 rebounds, leading the Lady Railsplitters to a 49-39 advantage on the glass. Roan’s 16 boards are the most for a Lady Railsplitter since Boddie accomplished that feat on Jan. 4, 2012.
Freshman Josey Harding contributed nine points and five rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench, while Samantha Satterlee pitched in with seven points and six rebounds.
The Lady Railsplitters limited the Trojans to a season-low 29.7 percent mark (19-for-64) from the floor, highlighted by a dismal 10-for-36 clip in the second half. Anderson struggled to find their mark from beyond the three-point arc, making only three of their 20 attempts.
Sierra Simpson led all players in the contest with 18 points on 6-for-14 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four steals. Heather Jankowy posted 12 points behind a 7-for-7 effort at the charity stripe while dishing out a game-leading five assists. Lesley Woods and Katie Davis added eight and six points, respectively.
The Anderson led by as many as 12 in the first half before settling for a 28-21 lead at the break, as Jaclyn Moore canned a jumper as time expired to provide that halftime advantage.
Woods extended AU’s lead to 10 with a three-pointer in the first possession of the second half, but LMU answered with a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 31-30 with 17:54 remaining in regulation. Satterlee was the catalyst for that rally, scoring five of LMU’s nine points over that stretch.
The Trojans pushed back out to a six-point lead before the Lady Railsplitters scored seven unanswered points, capped by Ottesen’s three-pointer to take a 37-36 lead, their first of the contest, with 13:58 on the clock.
From that juncture, the lead changed hands five times over a 11:31 span until Roan gave the Lady Railsplitters the lead for good with a lay-up at the 2:27 mark. Lincoln Memorial never led by more than one possession in the closing minutes, holding only a 59-58 edge with 50 seconds to play following a Woods lay-up. But, Ottesen extended LMU’s cushion back to three on a jumper with 18 seconds remaining, and Roan sealed the victory by knocking down one of her two free-throw attempts with only 10 seconds left.
Lincoln Memorial hosts Wingate on Saturday at 6 p.m.