GREENEVILLE, TN -- Despite holding the Pioneers to 33 percent shooting from the field, the Lady Railsplitters took a 74-62 loss at Tusculum College on Wednesday evening. The loss drops LMU to 4-7 in the South Atlantic Conference and 9-10 overall.
Kendal Baxter led the Pioneer attack with 18 points with the majority of her points coming from her 10-10 performance from the charity stripe. Jama Hammontree added 15 points as every player on Tusculum's roster recorded a basket in the game.
Lincoln Memorial University's offensive unit was led by Dayshalee Salaman's 24 points and eight rebounds. Mariah Richardson was solid with a ten point and 11 rebound effort. Lauren Cochran narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Railsplitters struggled mightily from the field as they were held to 32 percent shooting and forced into 20 turnovers.
Tusculum jumped out to the early lead at 4-0 in the first minute of play. By just under the 16-minute mark, Jama Hammontree gave the Pioneers a 10-4 advantage with a three-point basket. The Lady Railsplitters stormed back with 10:17 on the clock as two free throws from Dayshalee Salaman completed a 10-2 run to take a 14-12 lead.
The Pioneers answered with a 9-0 run to grab a 21-14 advantage with 7:26 left in the half. As was characteristic for the half, the Lady Railsplitters responded with anothe 9-0 run to take a 23-21 lead with 5:41 left. LMU clung to the lead for the ensuing minutes, until a layup by Staci Hicks put the Pioneers ahead by two with a minute to go. Two free throws from Nequoiah Anderson took Tusculum to the break with the score at 29-25 in their favor.
The second half belonged to the Pioneers despite the Lady Railsplitters pushing within two in the opening minutes of play. With 16:26 left to play, Ashley Thurman put TC ahead by eight with a layup. For the next eight minutes, the Lady Railsplitters held tight to that deficit. By just under the eight minute mark, a jumper by Alishia Mosley and a three by Hammontree drove the lead to 54-40 in favor of Tusculum.
Lincoln Memorial University was unable to push the deficit to any lower than eight in the remaining minutes of play. They were defeated by the Pioneers 74-62.
The Lady Railsplitters will look to get off of their four-game skid as they host Catawba College on Saturday, February 4th. The tip is set for 6 p.m.