HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lady Railsplitters’ second unit mustered a 28-12 point differential over the visiting Bulldogs, as Lincoln Memorial University topped Wingate University 75-71 on Saturday. LMU improves to 6-6 on the season and 5-3 in league play while the ‘Dogs drop to 9-3 and 5-3.
The Lady Railsplitters received significant offensive output from the starting five, as Aisjah Roan poured in a team-leading 15 points with six rebounds and Katrina Ottesen collected 11 points. But the four-headed second unit of Kalasia Green, Haley Nelson, Josey Harding and Kortnay Cox made the difference, as that group amassed a 16-point advantage over the Bulldogs’ reserves. Cox tallied nine points in only 12 minutes, while Green and Nelson posted seven points apiece. Harding managed to put up five points and seven rebounds in only 18 minutes of work.
MaRanda Boddie provided eight points and a team-high nine boards, leading the Lady Railsplitters to a 42-41 cushion on the glass. Britney Guy and Samantha Satterlee rounded out LMU’s scoring attack with seven and six points, respectively.
The Lady Railsplitters finished 26-for-60 from the field (43.3 percent). In addition, Lincoln Memorial had its best night of the season from the charity stripe, going 19-for-22. Despite those efficient offensive numbers, the Lady Railsplitters committed 20 turnovers which accounted for 23 points for the Bulldogs.
Wingate’s Kayla Harris poured in a game-high 19 points — 13 in the first half — while also accumulating a game-leading 12 rebounds. Morgan McGee racked up 17 points and seven rebounds for the ‘Dogs, and Shelby Tricoli and Janitsha Williams contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively.
The Bulldogs finished with a 26-for-70 mark (37.1 percent) and hit just four of their 20 three-point attempts. The Lady Railsplitters have held their last two opponents to 20 percent or less from long range. Wingate collected 15 offensive rebounds which led to 17 second-chance points, but 15 turnovers contributed to 14 points for Lincoln Memorial.
The Lady Railsplitters led from start to finish in the second half, holding as large as a 12-point advantage as late as the 3:40 mark following a Satterlee lay-up. Following that LMU score, the Bulldogs rattled off six-unanswered points to cut the deficit to 68-62 with 2:29 to play.
Lincoln Memorial pulled back out to a 70-62 lead with 2:03 to play, but McGee paced a 9-2 run for the Bulldogs with five points over that stretch to close the gap to 72-71 with 29 ticks remaining in regulation. However, Boddie canned two free throws with 20 seconds left and McGee’s last ditch effort for Wingate went begging, as the Lady Railsplitters staved off that late rally to capture a 75-71 victory.
Lincoln Memorial will be looking for a third straight win on Wednesday at Tusculum.