CHARLOTTE, NC - The Lady Railsplitters put on a clinic defensively and MaRanda Boddie (Springfield, OH) logged her first double-double of the season in a 58-36 thumping of the Queens University Royals in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Queens' Curry Arena. Lincoln Memorial University - winners of four-straight games for the second time this season - improves to 8-6 overall and 7-3 in league play, while the Royals fall to 5-9 on the season and 4-6 in the SAC.
Behind Saturday's win, the Lady Railsplitters sweep the season series versus Queens, improving to 6-2 in the all-time series in the process. In the midst of their first full season in the South Atlantic Conference, the Royals have now lost five-straight head-to-head match-ups against Lincoln Memorial dating back to 1995.
While the Lady Railsplitters were shaky on the offensive end of the floor, compiling a 23-for-65 mark and a 1-for-12 effort from beyond the three-point arc, they counteracted those struggles with a masterful defensive performance. The Lady Railsplitters limited the Royals to only 18 points in each half, holding Queens to a season-low 36 points on 14-for-51 shooting (27.5 percent). By allowing only a 27.5 percent mark from the field, the Lady Railsplitters pitched in their stingiest defensive outing of the season.
Lincoln Memorial was carried by the scoring trio of MaRanda Boddie, Samantha Satterlee (Junction City, KS) and Aisjah Roan (Louisville, KY), as that group outscored the Royals as a whole. Boddie led all players with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with a game-high 13 boards, carrying the Lady Railsplitters to a dominant 57-29 advantage on the glass. Boddie also posted three blocks and two assists in 32 minutes of action. Satterlee contributed 10 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes, while Roan added 10 points and eight rebounds. Kortnay Cox (Murfreesboro, TN) pitched in with six points in only 13 minutes off the bench.
Shonice Pettaway was the lone Royal to log double-digit points, pouring in 15 tallies on a 6-for-18 effort from the field. Pettaway added seven rebounds to lead Queens in that category as well. Abby Pettit was Queens' next highest scorer, contributing six points in 31 minutes.
During LMU's five-game losing streak covering its visit to Newberry and its home game against Lenoir-Rhyne, the Lady Railsplitters allowed three of their five opponents to shoot better than 40 percent from the field. In its current four-game winning streak, no opponent has crossed the 40 percent threshold and two, including Saturday's triumph, have shot less than 30 percent from the field. LMU allowed four opponents to shoot better than 40 percent from the beyond the three-point arc during that losing skid. Now, the Lady Railsplitters have held five-consecutive opponents to a lower than 30 percent mark from deep, as Queens finished 5-for-17 from the three.
After a back-and-forth start to the contest, Kalasia Green (Laveen, AZ) nailed a lay-up at the 11:34 mark to knot the game at 9-9. Over the final 11 minutes and change of the first frame, the Lady Railsplitters outscored the Royals 15-9 to go into the break clinging to a 24-18 advantage.
The Lady Railsplitters effectively put the game away to open the second half, blitzing out to a 39-20 lead with a 15-2 run over the first 9:37 of the half. Shonice Pettaway's jumper 29 seconds into the half was the Royals only score over that stretch, while MaRanda Boddie and Samantha Satterlee scored five and four points respectively during that LMU flurry. For the remainder of the contest, the Lady Railsplitters never led by less than 12 points.
Lincoln Memorial logged a dominant 32-12 advantage on points in the paint, while a season-high 24 offensive rebounds provided 19 second-chance points. The Lady Railsplitters also limited their miscues, committing only 12 turnovers, the second-lowest mark of the 2013-14 season. Lincoln Memorial held Queens to single-digit field goals in both the first and second half, surrendering only seven made baskets in each stanza.
The Lady Railsplitters return to Tex Turner Arena on Wednesday, January 22 for a 6 p.m. South Atlantic Conference draw against the Mars Hill University Lions. Lincoln Memorial looks to complete the regular-season sweep against the Lions after throttling Mars Hill 75-54 in the league opener on November 20.