BREVARD, N.C. — Career nights from Haley Nelson and Samantha Satterlee carried the Lady Railsplitters to a 76-59 victory over the Brevard College Tornados in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Thursday.
Lincoln Memorial University (10-7, 9-4 SAC) won for the sixth time in its last seven appearances on the court, moving into a three-way tie with Lenoir-Rhyne and Carson-Newman for second in the SAC standings. The Lady Railsplitters also improved to 13-2 all-time against Brevard (5-12, 4-9 SAC), who lost for the fourth time in five tries.
Nelson and Satterlee led the Lady Railsplitters in Thursday’s victory, combining for 33 of LMU’s 76 points. Nelson, making her first start of the 2013-14 campaign, led all scorers with a career-high 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. The White Pine,Tenn., native also contributed two rebounds and a career-best four steals. Satterlee posted 16 points — her most productive game as a Lady Railsplitter — to go along with a career- and game-high 11 rebounds. Satterlee’s effort on the glass paced the Lady Railsplitters to a 52-27 rebounding margin.
Nelson and Satterlee fronted a well-distributed offensive attack for the Lady Railsplitters, who finished shooting 38.8 percent (26-for-67) from the field and 16-for-29 from the free-throw line. 13 of the 15 players who made an appearance for Lincoln Memorial registered at least one point.
Junior Aisjah Roan struggled from the field, but still managed to accumulate 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Both Britney Guy and Josey Harding added seven points and six boards apiece off of the bench. Senior MaRanda Boddie scored only four points in 14 foul-plagued minutes, however, she posted a single block to move one away from tying LMU’s career record for stonewalls, currently held by Hillary Ross at 141.
The Lady Railsplitters limited the Tornados to only 16 field goals in the contest on 34.8 percent shooting. Seven of those 16 made baskets were fired from beyond the three-point line, and Brevard’s offensive output was also aided by a 20-for-27 effort at the free-throw line.
Madison Lenox paced the Tornados with 13 points on a 3-for-10 mark from the field, and she added a team-high seven rebounds to her stat ledger. Katie Williams was Brevard’s only other double-digit scorer, as she pitched in 12 points in 38 minutes off the bench. Shelby Wolfe contributed eight points and four rebounds, while Lynsey Crisp and Hadara Bannister tallied seven apiece.
While Brevard finished with only 16 field goals in the contest, the Lady Railsplitters matched that mark in the first 20 minutes. Lincoln Memorial led by only three at 23-20 with 6:07 remaining in the first stanza before closing on an 18-11 run to take a 10-point led into the break. Nelson jumpstarted that run with back-to-back 3-pointers and Satterlee closed it on a three-ball with six seconds remaining in the half.
The Lady Railsplitters led for the entirety of the second half, and that lead never shrunk to less than six points. Brevard made it a two-possession game on two occasions with the final occurrence coming at the 12:53 mark following a Shelby Wolfe free throw that cut LMU’s advantage to 47-41.
Lincoln Memorial answered emphatically from that moment, churning out a 13-2 run over the next 5:14 to catapult in front 60-43. The Lady Railsplitters’ lead never dipped back into single-digits after that flurry.
Both teams were hampered by ball-control issues, as LMU and Brevard combined to commit 43 turnovers. The Tornados gave it away 24 times, which resulted in 18 points for the Lady Railsplitters. LMU’s 19 turnovers were converted into 14 Brevard points. The Lady Railsplitters amassed a 28-8 edge on points in the paint, while LMU’s season-high 26 offensive rebounds led to 20 second-chance points.
Lincoln Memorial University returns to action on Saturday, welcoming the Coker College Cobras to Tex Turner Arena for a 6 p.m. South Atlantic Conference draw.