HARROGATE, TN -- Despite a record-setting performance by Kendal Baxter, the Lincoln Memorial University women's basketball team held on for an 82-73 victory over the Lady Pioneers of Tusculum College. With the win, the Lady Railsplitters move to 2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference and 7-4 overall.
Tusculum College was led by the historic performance from Kendal Baxter as she notched 35 points on 11-20 shooting from the three point arc. That sets the South Atlantic Conference record for three pointers in a single game. April McCann added 16 points in the losing effort.
The Lady Railsplitters were carried by the outstanding performance of Dayshalee Salamen as she poured in a game-high 36 points. Lauren Cochran notched a big double double with 22 points and 11 boards. MaRanda Boddie was a force on the glass as she grabbed 16 rebounds on the night.
In the opening minutes of the game, the two teams played to a stalemate. A jumper by Dayshalee Salaman tied the game at 14 apiece with 12:23 remaining. Later in the half, with the score tied at 18, the Lady Railsplitters rallied off a 10-2 run to grab a 28-20 lead. The Lady Pioneers would answer with a 12-2 run to take a 32-30 lead with 2:40 remaining in the half. LMU would bring the score to 34-34 tie at the half.
The Lady Railsplitters jumped on top and grab command of the game in the second half. With 14:27 on the clock, a jumper by Salaman gave LMU a 51-43 lead. With just under ten minutes remaining, the Lady Railsplitters established a 62-48 advantage with a jumper by Kiso Barnett.
Tusculum continued to fight as they cut the lead to as little as 78-72 with 51 seconds left on the clock. Late free throws sealed the Lincoln Memorial victory as LMU held on by a score of 82-73.
The Lady Railsplitters will take the floor again on Saturday, January 7th, as the Wolves of Newberry College travel to Harrogate, Tennessee. That game is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m.