HARROGATE, TN -- Despite providing riveting drama down the stretch, the Lady Railsplitters were downed by Shannon Depew's runner in the final tick. Lincoln Memorial's heave fell short at the buzzer as they took a 74-72 loss to the Lady Eagles of Carson-Newman College. LMU falls to 4-5 in the South Atlantic Conference and 9-8 on the season. Carson-Newman moves to 4-5 in the SAC and 10-7 overall.
Depew led the Lady Eagles with 17 points and seven rebounds. Four other players added double-digits for Carson-Newman with Zoriah Williams compiling 14 points and six rebounds to lead that group.
Dayshalee Salaman was spectacular on the evening as she poured in a game-high 26 points with six rebounds and four assists. Moriah Richardson added 12 points off the bench to go along with four rebounds. MaRanda Boddie grabbed nine rebounds and eight points. Lauren Cochran also narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and seven boards.
The Lady Railsplitters started quickly as they ran out to a 9-2 lead in the opening minutes of play. The Lady Eagles answered with a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to one with 13:30 on the clock. LMU held a 14-10 lead at the ten-minute mark before Carson-Newman rallied off an 11-0 run capped with a jumper by Courdne Miles with 8:52 left in the half. With 2:46 left in the half, the Lady Eagles took their largest lead of the half at 33-22 with a layup by Zoriah Williams. Jumpers by Moriah Richardson and MaRanda Boddie cut the deficit to 33-26 at the half.
In the second half, the Lady Eagles retained their advantage and crept away as the half ticked away. With 5:04 left in the game, the Lady Railsplitters faced a seemingly insurmountable 68-52 deficit. LMU answered with a dramatic 17-4 run powered by Dayshalee Salaman's ten points in that span to cut the Lady Eagles' advantage to three with 1:38 remaining.
With 29 seconds remaining, Ralissa Nelson drilled a three to tie the game at 72-72. Following a timeout, the Lady Eagles drew up a play for Shannon Deprew who drained a runner to give Carson-Newman the lead with .3 seconds on the clock. Lincoln Memorial's desperation shot fell short as the Lady Railsplitters lost a heartbreaker, 74-72.
LMU will hit the road on Saturday, January 28th, as they travel to Wingate University to look to get back even in the South Atlantic Conference. That game will tip at 2 p.m.