HARROGATE, TN -- On Wednesday evening, the Lincoln MemoriaL University women's basketball team opened up South Atlantic Conference play with an 81-73 victory of the Bulldogs of Wingate University. With the win, the Lady Railsplitters improve to 1-0 in the SAC and 4-3 overall. The Bulldogs fall to 0-1 in the SAC and 2-2 on the season.
The Lady Railsplitters were led by Amberly O'Dell's 20 points as she went 6-10 from the three-point arc. Dayshalee Salaman recorded 14 points to aid in the victory. MaRanda Boddie led all players with 12 rebounds. Ralissa Nelson was also strong on the glass as she notched ten boards.
Wingate University was led by Nikki Burton as she scored a game-high 21 points. She also led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds on the evening. Logan Tish added 13 points.
The Lady Railsplitters took the first half by storm as they grabbed a 10-2 lead on a jumper by MaRanda Boddie with 17:18 on the clock. LMU continued to press the issue in the half as they rolled out to a 31-12 lead with a layup by Ralissa Nelson with 11:06 remaining in the half. The Bulldogs would use the last 11 minutes of the half to chip away at the deficit, as a jumper by Nikki Burton took the teams to half with the Lady Railsplitters leading 46-32.
WU opened the second half and continued to chip away at the Lincoln Memorial lead. With 12:22 remaining in the game, Logan Tish drained a jumper to cut the score to 53-44 in favor of LMU. This trend would continue as Wingate pushed within two points with a free throw by Burton seconds after the six minute mark. In the following four minutes, the Lady Railsplitters would use a 10-2 run to take a 77-65 lead with 2:21 remaining. That advantage would suffice as LMU held on for an 81-73 victory.
The Lady Railsplitters will continue South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday, December 3rd as they travel to Salisbury, North Carolina to take on the Indians of Catawba College. That game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.