HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lady Railsplitters accomplished a number of feats in Saturday’s win at Wingate, and the hits kept coming on Wednesday as Lincoln Memorial University collected an 80-71 triumph over the Carson-Newman Eagles in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action at Tex Turner Arena.
The Lady Railsplitters (15-10, 14-7 SAC) won for the third straight time and clinched a home game for the quarterfinals of the Food Lion SAC Championship for the first time since joining the league prior to the 2006-07 campaign. Lincoln Memorial is now locked into a third-place finish in the regular-season standings. Carson-Newman (14-13, 11-10 SAC) fell one step closer to .500 after the Eagles finished the first half of the league slate at 9-2.
While the team accomplishments took center stage on Wednesday, Lincoln Memorial block queen MaRanda Boddie stamped her name on another school record. Boddie logged a near triple-double against the Eagles, recording 12 points with seven boards and seven blocks, tying the school’s single-game mark for swats set by Bridget Long versus these same Eagles in 1992.
Boddie accounted for only a portion of the offensive production as the Lady Railsplitters topped the 80-point threshold for the second time in three games after going 54-straight games without doing so. Aisjah Roan scored a game-high 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and an 8-of-10 mark from the free-throw line. Roan added six boards and three steals. Katrina Ottesen nailed three 3-pointers on her way to 11 points, while Josey Harding contributed nine points and seven boards in only 12 minutes of action.
The Lady Railsplitters finished 26-for-65 from the field with a 6-for-15 clip from beyond the three-point arc. Lincoln Memorial’s offensive explosion was powered by a season-high 22 free throws on 32 attempts.
Lincoln Memorial commanded the scoreboard throughout much of the second half, jockeying out to a 65-48 advantage on a Roan lay-up with 7:51 remaining in regulation. The Lady Railsplitters endured a few attempts to cut the deficit, maintaining a 75-60 lead with a pair of free throws from Britney Guy at the 4:15 mark.
From that juncture, the Eagles roped off nine-unanswered points over a two and a half minute stretch to close the gap to 75-69 with only 1:52 to play. Whitney Kyle paced the Carson-Newman flurry with five points. The Lady Railsplitters got back on track two possessions later as Guy drained two more free throws and Harding nailed another in the ensuing possession to put the game out of reach at 78-69 with 34 seconds to go.
Tatum Burstrom hit three of Carson-Newman’s six three-pointers, leading the Eagles with 15 points in 29 minutes. Whitney Kyle and Lashawnda Peacher each contributed 14 points, while Peacher added 10 rebounds to close out her double-double effort. No other Eagle scored more than six points, but Jassmine Franklin grabbed eight rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench.
Lincoln Memorial is set to complete the regular-season schedule on Saturday as the Catawba Indians invade Tex Turner Arena for a 6 p.m. South Atlantic Conference battle. The Lady Railsplitters will celebrate Senior Day festivities following that contest as MaRanda Boddie, Kalasia Green and Haley Nelson will be honored.