JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Junior Aisjah Roan nearly posted a strong all-around game and the Lady Railsplitters withstood a late second-half rally to top the Carson-Newman University Eagles, 73-68, in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday.
Lincoln Memorial University (11-8, 10-5 SAC) won for the seventh time in its last 10 games, while the Eagles (12-9, 9-6 SAC) lost their fourth straight. LMU’s win snapped a nine-game losing streak on the Carson-Newman campus.
The Lady Railsplitters soared offensively in the opening half, shooting 48.5 percent (16-for-33) from the field while knocking down six three-pointers to assume a 43-32 halftime advantage. Lincoln Memorial gathered that momentum behind a 31-14 rally through the first 11:53 of action. The Lady Railsplitters made five of their six first-half 3-pointers over that stretch, and three were collected by Katrina Ottesen at the back half of that flurry. Carson-Newman was limited to a 12-for-31 mark in the half.
The Eagles surged early in the second half, opening on a 9-3 run capped by a Tatum Burstrom layup to cut the deficit to 46-43 with 16:06 remaining. LMU countered six straight points and back-to-back scores by Kalasia Green pushed the lead to nine.
As Britney Guy free throw with 8:41 left to had LMU up by five. But Jassmine Franklin pitched in a layup and Burstrom canned a 3-pointer to knot the game at 60 with 6:57 to play.
With the game squared, the Lady Railsplitters went to work at the free-throw line. Green and MaRanda Boddie banged in free throws in back-to-back offensive possessions to put LMU up by four at the 4:46 mark, and Roan followed up a C-N bucket with two more freebies. With two minutes left, Samantha Satterlee and Roan buried shots on consecutive possessions to give LMU some breathing room, and Roan iced the game with 24 seconds left by canning two more free throws.
The Lady Railsplitters, who finished 19-for-28 at the charity stripe, accounted for nine of their last 13 points at the free-throw line. Lincoln Memorial limited the Eagles to only three field goals in the final four minutes of action.
Roan led all players with 21 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes of action. Roan was joined in double figures by Satterlee, who churned out 14 points and eight rebounds. Satterlee scored 12 of her 14 points in the first 20 minutes of play.
Green added eight points, three rebounds and two assists, while Ottesen posted nine points and three rebounds. Boddie added seven points, three rebounds, three steals and one block.
Burstrom paced Carson-Newman with 15 points, while Franklin sparked the Eagles with 11 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. Kaitlyn Cupples, Chante Markus and Lacy Miller each contributed eight points in the loss.
The Lady Railsplitters return to Tex Turner Arena for their annual Play 4Kay night on Saturday against Newberry at 6 p.m.