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Lady Railsplitters hold on for wire-to-wire win at Carson-Newman, 73-68

JEFFERSON CITY, TN - Junior Aisjah Roan (Louisville, KY) nearly posted a triple-double and the Lady Railsplitters withstood a late second-half rally to top the Carson-Newman University Eagles in wire-to-wire fashion, 73-68, in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Wednesday in Holt Fieldhouse.

Lincoln Memorial University (11-8, 10-5 SAC) won for the seventh time in its last 10 games, while the Eagles (12-9, 9-6 SAC) faltered in their fourth-straight loss. LMU's win in Jefferson City snapped a nine-game losing streak on the Carson-Newman campus.

The Lady Railsplitters soared offensively in the opening half, shooting 48.5 percent (16-for-33) from the field while knocking down six three-pointers to assume a 43-32 halftime advantage. Lincoln Memorial gathered that momentum behind a 31-14 rally through the first 11:53 of action. The Lady Railsplitters made five of their six first-half three-pointers over that stretch, and three were collected by Katrina Ottesen (Chandler, AZ) at the back half of that flurry. Over that same span, Carson-Newman was limited to a 12-for-31 mark.

The Eagles surged early in the second half, opening on a 9-3 run capped by a Tatum Burstrom lay-up to cut the deficit to 46-43 with 16:06 remaining. LMU countered with a 6-0 push, finished off with back-to-back scores by Kalasia Green (Laveen, AZ) to dig in at 52-43 at the 13:41 mark.

The Lady Railsplitters kept the Eagles at arm's reach, as Britney Guy (Locust Grove, GA) knocked in a free throw with 8:41 left to put LMU up by five. But, Jassmine Franklin pitched in a lay-up and Burstrom canned a three-pointer to knot the game at 60 apiece with 6:57 showing on the game clock.

With the game squared, the Lady Railsplitters went to work at the free-throw line. Green and MaRanda Boddie (Springfield, OH) banged in free throws in back-to-back offensive possessions to put LMU up by four at the 4:46 mark, and Roan followed up a C-N bucket with two more freebies. With two minutes left, Samantha Satterlee (Junction City, KS) and Roan buried shots on consecutive possessions to give LMU some breathing room, and Roan iced the game with 24 seconds left by canning two more free throws.

The Lady Railsplitters, who finished 19-for-28 at the charity stripe, accounted for nine of their last 13 points at the free-throw line. Lincoln Memorial limited the Eagles to only three field goals in the final four minutes of action.

Lincoln Memorial finished with a 44.4 percent (24-for-54) mark from the floor. Junior Aisjah Roan led all players with 21 points - nine of which came at the free-throw line - to go along with nine rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes of action. Roan was joined in double figures by Samantha Satterlee, who churned out 14 points and eight rebounds. Satterlee scored 12 of her 14 points in the first 20 minutes of play.

Kalasia Green added eight points, three rebounds and two assists, while Katrina Ottesen posted nine points and three rebounds. MaRanda Boddie, meanwhile, tied LMU's all-time career record for blocks with her seven-point, three-rebound, three-steal and one-block effort in Wednesday's victory. Boddie matches current record holder Hilary Ross for first all-time with 141 swats.

Carson-Newman out rebounded the Lady Railsplitters 45-37 while recording 21 assists on its 26 baskets. But, Lincoln Memorial converted 18 Eagle turnovers into 18 points. LMU added 11 fast break points to its tally.

The Eagles posted a 36.6 percent (26-for-71) effort from the field, dented by a dismal 6-for-30 clip from beyond the three-point arc. Tatum Burstrom paced Carson-Newman with 15 points, while Jassmine Franklin sparked the Eagles with 11 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. Kaitlyn Cupples, Chante Markus and Lacy Miller each contributed eight points in the loss.

The Lady Railsplitters return to Tex Turner Arena for their annual Play 4Kay night on Saturday, February 8, welcoming South Atlantic Conference foe Newberry to Harrogate for a 6 p.m. league bout. The Wolves won the first game of the regular season, 56-48, in South Carolina on November 30.

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