HARROGATE, TN -- The Lady Railsplitters erased a nine-point halftime deficit and overcame a 12-point second-half hole to upend the Wolves of Newberry College in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday evening in Tex Turner Arena. With the win, Lincoln Memorial University (12-10, 5-7 SAC) notched their fourth victory over their last five appearances and avenged a 69-60 loss to the Wolves from earlier in the season. Newberry, meanwhile, fell to 16-6 on the year and 8-4 in league play in defeat.
The Lady Railsplitters were limited to a 37.9% mark from the floor in the opening 20 minutes of play, while Newberry went 11-28 from the floor in that frame to take a 33-24 lead into the break. However, the Lady Railsplitters put on the clamps defensively in the second stanza, holding the Wolves to only a 7-31 clip (22.6%) in that period. Lincoln Memorial outscored Newberry 36-23 in that frame en route to a come-from-behind victory.
Lincoln Memorial used a jumper by Kalasia Green and a layup by MaRanda Boddie in consecutive possessions to open the game by taking a 4-0 lead. The Wolves countered with a pair of jumpers to knot the game at four apiece before the Lady Railsplitters rolled out a 6-0 run, capped with a three-pointer by Kelsey Bradford at the 13:18 mark to jump out on top, 10-4. The two teams swapped baskets in the ensuing possessions, however, the Wolves implemented a 6-0 run paced by Haylee Lepaio's four points to square the game at 12-12 with 10:10 left in the first.
Jasmine Kelly canned a jumper in the next Lady Railsplitter trip down the floor, but that basket was answered by the Wolves with an 8-0 run, paced entirely by Samantha Creed, to jump in front 20-14 at the 7:59 mark. Lincoln Memorial would be limited to only 10 points over the remainder of the half and the Wolves closed that frame on another 8-0 run to head into the locker room boasting a 33-24 advantage.
Haylee Lepaio netted a layup for the Wolves to open the second period and establish an 11-point lead for Newberry, the largest lead for either team in the game. The Lady Railsplitters drove the deficit back to six with a three-pointer from Ralissa Nelson and a two-point bucket by Mariah Richardson over the next two possessions, however, Newberry implemented a 6-0 run, capped with a free throw by Devanee Taylor, to establish a 43-31 lead with 15:14 to play.
From that juncture, the Lady Railsplitters worked to chip their way back into the game. With a jumper by Kelsey Bradford at the 11:59 mark, Lincoln Memorial moved to within five at 45-40. The Wolves answered with a pair of free throws by Zara Pearson and a jumper by Haylee Lepaio to move their lead back out to nine with 10:12 on the clock, however, the Lady Railsplitters went to work on the defensive end, holding the Wolves scoreless over the next four minutes en route to storming back on top, 50-49, thanks to a MaRanda Boddie jumper with 6:32 left in regulation.
Tasia Holdorf drained a layup in the ensuing Newberry possession to briefly give the Wolves a 51-50 lead, but, the Lady Railsplitters responded with a 7-0 run, capped with a three-pointer by Kalasia Green with 3:50 left in the game to assume command of the board at 57-51. The Wolves cut the deficit back to three following a free throw by Samantha Creed and two more freebies from Kendra Brown with 2:15 left on the clock, however, the Lady Railsplitters extended the lead back to two possessions with a MaRanda Boddie layup, compliments of a beautiful pass from Kalasia Green, with 1:22 left on the clock. The Wolves moved back to within three on one more occasion down the stretch following another layup by Lepaio, however, Edina Musa went to the line with 18 seconds left and drained one of her two attempts to ice the victory for the Lady Railsplitters.
Lincoln Memorial's offense was spearheaded by the trio of Kelsey Bradford, Kalasia Green and MaRanda Boddie, as those three combined to record 40 of the team's 60 points. Bradford led the team with 16 points on 7-10 shooting from the field while playing nearly all 40 minutes, as she was on the floor for 35 minutes. Kalasia Green compiled 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Boddie matched those numbers exactly with 12 points and six boards. Edina Musa sparked Lincoln Memorial off the bench with five points and nine rebounds, headlining a 45-37 margin of victory on the glass for the Lady Railsplitters.
The Wolves also saw three players cross the double-figure scoring plateau with Haylee Lepaio leading the way with a game-high 18 points. She narrowly missed recording a double-double with seven rebounds to her credit. Samantha Creed finished with 15 points to play a pivotal role in the Wolves' offensive attack, while Kendra Brown chipped in with 13 points.
The Lady Railsplitters were slightly edged on scoring in the paint, as the Wolves finished with a 28-26 advantage inside the square. Lincoln Memorial used 12 offensive rebounds to take an 11-6 margin of victory on second chance points.
Lincoln Memorial will look to continue their strong play in the late portion of the season with a pair of road games on tap for the upcoming week. The Lady Railsplitters are poised to travel to Brevard College on Wednesday (6 pm start) before hitting the road over the weekend to challenge the top-seeded Anderson University Trojans on Saturday afternoon.