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Lady Railsplitters break out in 87-59 win over brevard

HARROGATE, TN - While offense has come in gaping spurts, defense has been the calling card for the Lady Railsplitters all season. That defense was on full display while the offense hit its stride as Lincoln Memorial University notched an emphatic 87-59 victory over the Brevard Tornados in South Atlantic Conference action at Tex Turner Arena on Wednesday.

The Lady Railsplitters (13-10, 12-7 SAC) left its two-game losing streak in a torrent of dust, racking up the most prolific scoring night for the program since a 92-point effort versus Converse on November 19, 2011. LMU's 28-point victory over Brevard (7-16, 6-13 SAC) was its widest margin of victory this season.

Lincoln Memorial's offensive onslaught included a 31-for-65 mark from the floor, a 10-for-17 effort from long range and a 15-for-21 clip at the free-throw line. The Lady Railsplitters have not knocked down double-digit three-pointers in a game since 2011.

Aisjah Roan (Louisville, KY) dropped a game-high 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor, while adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 27 productive minutes. Samantha Satterlee (Junction City, KS) collected 15 points on 3-of-3 shooting from deep in only 23 minutes. Katrina Ottesen (Chandler, AZ) needed even less time as she posted 14 points with four three-pointers in 17 minutes off the bench. Haley Nelson (White Pine, TN) filled out the stat sheet with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

LMU's defensive reputation waited a half to rear its head, but did so with a lockdown second half. After giving up 37 points on 15-of-28 shooting in the first 20 minutes, the Lady Railsplitters turned up and limited the Tornados to a dismal 6-for-29 clip in the second stanza. Lincoln Memorial outscored Brevard, 44-22, in that frame to expand on a six-point halftime cushion.

All told, Brevard shot 36.8 percent from the field with a 21-for-57 mark. The Lady Railsplitters exploited Brevard's limited size, logging a 51-28 advantage on the glass. Lincoln Memorial forced the Tornados into 13 turnovers which were converted into 17 points.

After going back and forth throughout much of the first half, the Lady Railsplitters closed the period on a 10-3 run to carry some momentum into the second. Shelby Wolfe provided Brevard with a 34-33 advantage with 1:45 left before Aisjah Roan scored 10-straight in the final minute to catapult that run.

The Tornados kept it close early in the second half, cutting the LMU lead back to 54-47 with a Katie Williams jumper at the 13:44 mark. However, the Lady Railsplitters pitched a near shutout over the next 7:30 of game time, running off a 22-3 rally to expand the lead to 76-50. A Williams jumper and a Taylor Hiatt free throw accounted for Brevard's only three points over that drought, while Katrina Ottesen scored five to lead the Lady Railsplitters' flourish. The Lady Railsplitters bulged out to as large as a 30-point advantage during the final six-minute stretch before settling for a 28-point rout.

Katie Williams paced the Tornados with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Madison Lenox contributed 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Shelby Wolfe finished with 10 points and five boards.

The Lady Railsplitters are scheduled to hit the road for the final time in the regular season, trekking to Wingate, North Carolina for a South Atlantic Conference bout against the Wingate Bulldogs, tied for first in the league standings, on Saturday, February 22. Lincoln Memorial and Wingate are slated for a 2 p.m. tip.

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