GREENEVILLE, TN -- The Lady Railsplitters struggled to find their rhythm offensively on Wednesday evening in Greeneville, Tennessee, as they suffered a 66-47 loss to the Tusculum College Pioneers in the South Atlantic Conference opener. Lincoln Memorial University drops to 4-3 on the season and 0-1 in league play with the loss, while the Pioneers jolt to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the SAC with the victory.
Despite limiting Tusculum to only 40% shooting in the contest, the Lady Railsplitters were stymied on the offensive side of the basket to the tone of a 29.2% clip from the field. LMU was forced into committing 22 turnovers in the game.
The starting unit for the Lady Railsplitters provided nearly all of the offensive output with that group tallying 41 of the team's 47 points. Mariah Richardson headlined that group with 10 points on 4-8 shooting in the contest. Kelsey Bradford poured in nine points while dishing out two assists and notching a pair of steals.
Edina Musa recorded eight points, with five of her scores coming from the charity stripe. MaRanda Boddie and Ralissa Nelson added seven points apiece, while Boddie paired that figure with a team-leading 10 boards for the Lady Railsplitters.
The only other scoring for LMU came on four points from Elliotte Roberts and a two-point effort from Haley Nelson in her debut for Lincoln Memorial.
The Pioneers were paced by a trio of double-digit scorers, led by a 14-point performance by Alishia Mosley. Nequoiah Anderson poured in 11 points, while Blakeley Burleson added 10 off the bench.
April McCann helped lead Tusculum to a 42-41 advantage on the glass with a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with eight points. Jama Hammontree also added eight points and Kendal Baxter turned in nine points on 3-7 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Lady Railsplitters established an early 5-0 advantage behind a three-pointer from Kelsey Bradford and a jumper from Mariah Richardson, however, the Pioneers quickly assumed command of the game with 12-5 run behind a pair of threes from Kendal Baxter. That spark gave Tusculum a 12-10 lead and they slowly extended that lead throughout the remainder of the half, closing with a 15-point advantage.
The Pioneers kept the Lady Railsplitters at bay in the second stanza, outscoring LMU 33-29 over the final 20 minutes en route to a 66-47 victory.
Lincoln Memorial University will look to rebound from tonight's loss and get even in South Atlantic Conference play on Sunday, December 2nd, as they travel to Newberry College to take on the Wolves. That game is set to tip at 2 p.m. in Newberry, South Carolina.