ANDERSON, SC -- The Lady Railsplitters led by as many as eight in the second half, however, the Anderson University Trojans closed the gap and used a three-point play in the final minute to take a 57-55 victory in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Anderson, South Carolina. With the loss, Lincoln Memorial University (13-11, 6-8 SAC) saw their three-game winning streak come to a close, while Anderson (17-7, 11-3 SAC) capped the season-sweep over the Lady Railsplitters with the win.
Lincoln Memorial jumped out to an eight-point advantage early in the second half of play, but the Trojans used a 10-2 run to pull back into the game, tying it a 33-33 on a jumper by Tilde Ahlin with 13 minutes to play. The two teams traded punches over the final 13 minutes, meeting in a tie on five occasions over that span with the final occurrence coming at the 6:34 mark, as Kalasia Green knotted the game at 47-47 on a jumper.
The Trojans jumped out to a five-point lead following that tie but the Lady Railsplitters refused to go quietly, fighting back to grab the lead on a layup by Kalasia Green with 49 seconds left to play.
The Trojans quickly regained the lead with a three-point play by Sierra Simpson with only 25 seconds left on the clock. LMU turned the ball over in their next possession but responded by nabbing a steal of their own with eight seconds left, giving Kalasia Green a look at winning the game. However, Green's three-point shot went begging, as the Lady Railsplitters suffered a heartbreaking 57-55 loss.
The Lady Railsplitters finished with a 39.6% effort from the field, highlighted by a 12-for-25 mark in the second half of play. Kalasia Green spearheaded that offensive effort for Lincoln Memorial with 15 points on seven-of-15 shooting. Green also added three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes of action. Ralissa Nelson chimed in with nine points on three-for-five shooting, while MaRanda Boddie and Kelsey Bradford poured in eight points apiece.
Lincoln Memorial took a 38-30 margin of victory on the glass, headlined by MaRanda Boddie's seven boards. Kelsey Bradford added six boards to lead the LMU back court in that category. The Lady Railsplitters were, however, plagued by turnovers, as they committed 19 miscues which led to 19 points for the Trojans.
Anderson was led offensively by the game-high effort of Alissa Diaz, as she notched 24 points on nine-of-16 shooting from the field, however, the Lady Railsplitters did force Diaz into turning the ball over seven times in the contest. Amanda Parris also got in on the act with 15 points on five-of-nine shooting from long range.
The Trojans finished with a 40.7% clip from the field.
The Lady Railsplitters are set to return to Tex Turner Arena this upcoming week for a pair of South Atlantic Conference contests, beginning on Wednesday, February 20th, as they are slated to host rival Carson-Newman. That game tips at 6 p.m. in Harrogate, Tennessee.