JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Despite holding a double-digit lead in the second half, the Lady Railsplitters fell 68-62 at Carson-Newman College in South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday night. With the loss, Lincoln Memorial University drops to 8-9 in the SAC and 13-12 overall.
Zoriah Williams led the Lady Eagles with 22 points and 18 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. Megan Hunter added 12 points on 5-9 shooting and Courdne Miles scored 11 points off the bench to round out the double-digit production for Carson-Newman on the evening.
The Lady Railsplitters were led by Ralissa Nelson's game-high 24 points on 8-12 shooting. Nelson went 6-10 from behind the arc in the contest. Lauren Cochran notched a huge 18 point, 14 rebound performance for LMU. Dayshalee Salaman added nine points and four assists at the point for the Lady Railsplitters.
Lincoln Memorial limited the Lady Eagles to 37 percent shooting in the contest while shooting 42 percent from the field. The Lady Railsplitters were outrebounded 51-38 in the game and they were
forced into 18 turnovers.
The Lady Railsplitters held the early advantage as Dayshalee Salaman's three-pointer with 17:40 remaining put LMU on top 8-5. Lauren Cochran put LMU on top by four at the 15 minute mark before the Lady Eagles answered with a 6-1 run to take a 13-12 lead with 12:10 left to play in the half.
LMU regained the lead in the next possesion and pushed back out to a four point advantage with a jumper by Mariah Richardson with 10:26 on the clock. In two separate occasions, Carson-Newman rallied to tie the game but the Lady Railsplitters never trailed again in the half.
With the game tied at 28 apiece, LMU used a trey from Dayshalee Salaman and a bucket from Lauren Cochran to take a 33-28 lead with 2:58 remaining. The Lady Eagles were able to close the gap to two at the break with a couple free throws and a jumper from Megan Hunter.
The Lady Railsplitters opened the second half on a 10-2 run to extend their lead to 43-33 with 17:15 left to play in the game. Ralissa Nelson powered that rally with eight of the ten Lady Railsplitter points.
Lincoln Memorial held onto a ten point advantage for the ensuing minutes, with the Lady Railsplitters rolling out to a 57-47 lead with 11:34 on the clock. LMU would not see their next basket until the five-minute mark, as their advantage was completely erased by an 11-0 Lady Eagle run.
The Lady Railsplitters regained a 60-58 lead with a jumper from Ralissa Nelson and a single free throw from Cochran with 4:21 remaining.
After seeing two ties, the game turned in favor of Carson-Newman on a layup by Zoriah Williams with 39 seconds to play. The Lady Eagles sealed the game with four free throws in the final two possessions as LMU turned the ball over on their final four possessions of the contest.
The Lady Railsplitters will look to rebound on Saturday, February 25th, as they travel to Lenoir-Rhyne University for their final regular season game of the year. The South Atlantic Conference battle is slated for a 2 p.m. start.