JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- In a game that saw 59 turnovers and 38 fouls combined, the Lincoln Memorial University women's basketball team came up on the losing end, falling 63-51 to in-state rivals Carson-Newman College in South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday evening in Jefferson City, Tennessee. With the loss, the Lady Railsplitters (8-9, 1-6 SAC) dropped their fourth-consecutive contest, while the Lady Eagles prevailed to move to 10-4 on the season and 4-3 in league play.
The Lady Railsplitters struggled to settle into a rhythm offensively, as they committed 31 turnovers in the contest and finished with a 34.1% mark from the floor, illuminated most clearly by a 27.3% (6-22) clip in the second half of play. Lincoln Memorial was able to keep the game tight throughout due in large part to a 16-24 effort from the charity stripe. Kelsey Bradford led all scorers with 14 points in the contest, as she went 3-5 from the floor with three three-pointers and 5-6 from the free throw line. Bradford also dished out three assists and grabbed four rebounds. MaRanda Boddie added 10 points and six rebounds, which led the Lady Railsplitters in that category. Kalasia Green tallied nine points to make her impact on the game.
Six players recorded multiple turnovers in the contest for the Lady Railsplitters, which was surpassed by the Lady Eagles, as they accumulated 28 turnovers as a unit with seven players turning the ball over on multiple occasions. However, Carson-Newman was able to finish the contest with a 44.2% mark from the floor, highlighted by a 48.1% effort in the first 20 minutes of play. Jai Jai McLaughlin and Courdne Miles paced Carson-Newman with 13 points apiece, while Tatum Burstrom and Shyra Brown notched 10 and nine points respectively. The Lady Eagles did, however, struggle at the charity stripe, as they only made good on 14 of their 26 attempts in regulation.
The difference in the contest came in the paint and off turnovers, as the Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Railsplitters, 36-14, in the paint and created 30 points off of the Lady Railsplitters' 31 miscues. Carson-Newman also tallied 26 points from their bench to only 16 for Lincoln Memorial. Jasmine Kelly led the bench-scoring effort for Lincoln Memorial with four points, while Kortnay Cox and Britney Guy notched three apiece.
The Lady Railsplitters and Lady Eagles met in a 7-7 stalemate at the 15:58 mark before Carson-Newman assumed command with an 11-3 run over the ensuing 3:14, capped with a free throw by Courdne Miles, to take an 18-10 lead. Lincoln Memorial would rally to cut the deficit to as few as three in the first stanza, however, the Lady Eagles pushed their advantage back to 10 with 1:57 to play following a layup by Tatum Burstrom. Jasmine Kelly and MaRanda Boddie drained jumpers in two-consecutive possessions to conclude the half and send LMU into the break trailing, 39-33.
Kalasia Green netted a three-pointer in the opening possession of the second half to bring LMU to within three, however, that would be as close as the Lady Railsplitters would get for the remainder of the contest. By the 15:07 mark, Carson-Newman had extended the lead back to nine and that advantage bulged to as many as 14 down the stretch. Tawny Tucci was able to net a layup as time expired to give LMU the final score of the contest, however, they would fall 63-51 in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
The Lady Railsplitters will look to snap their four-game losing skid on Saturday evening, as they welcome defending South Atlantic Conference Champions, Wingate University, to Tex Turner Arena for a league battle against the Bulldogs. That game is set to tip on Saturday, January 26th at 6 pm on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University.