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Newberry surges in second half to best Lady Railsplitters 56-48

NEWBERRY, SC - The Newberry College Wolves used a second-half surge - fueled by a 12-0 free throw disparity - to top the Lady Railsplitters 56-48 in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday in Newberry, South Carolina. Lincoln Memorial University see its four-game winning streak snapped, falling to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in SAC play in the process, while Newberry jolts to 4-2 on the season and 2-2 in the league.

Despite only shooting 32.4 percent (11-for-34) in the opening half, the Lady Railsplitters built a 22-21 behind six points from senior MaRanda Boddie (Springfield, IL) in that frame. The Lady Railsplitters limited the Wolves to only eight buckets and a 32 percent effort from the floor over the first 20 minutes of action.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair as the two teams traded the lead seven times until Newberry put itself on top for good with a three-pointer by Zara Pearson with 7:58 remaining in regulation. The Wolves pulled in front by four on three occasions over the next 2:14, but the Lady Railsplitters never let the deficit build past that mark, cutting the gap to two with 5:16 following a jumper by Aisjah Roan (Louisville, KY).

However, over the final five minutes of action, the Lady Railsplitters were outscored 6-0. All of Newberry's points over that stretch came from the charity stripe, where they went six-for-eight. The Lady Railsplitters, meanwhile, went 0-for-nine from the field and 0-for-three from the free throw line, helping the Wolves escape with a 56-48 victory.

The Lady Railsplitters capped the contest with a 33.8 percent (23-for-68) mark from the field and a two-for-20 (10%) effort from long range, while Newberry finished 18-for-56 (32.1%) from the floor and five-for-nine from deep. The difference came at the charity stripe, where LMU finished 0-for-seven and the Wolves finished with a 15-for-22 clip (68.2%).

Lincoln Memorial turned 20 Newberry miscues into 18 points and carded a 28-20 advantage on points in the paint. The Lady Railsplitters also amassed a monster 16-0 disparity on fast break points.

Junior guard Aisjah Roan paced the Lady Railsplitters with 12 points to go along with three assists and four steals in 36 minutes of action. Roan finished six-for-15 from the field. Both Kalasia Green (Laveen, AZ) and MaRanda Boddie collected eight points on a combined eight-of-18 effort from the floor. Green added five rebounds to her stat ledger, while Boddie propelled LMU's 43 rebound afternoon with 10 boards. Katrina Ottesen (Chandler, AZ) and Kortnay Cox (Murfreesboro, TN) pitched in with five points apiece.

Newberry was carried by preseason All-SAC First Team selection Haylee Lepaio, who amassed a game-high 17 points with 11 rebounds, leading the Wolves to a 45-43 advantage on the glass. Zara Pearson added 11 points on three-of-five shooting from long range and Tasia Holdorf put up 10 points. Ellie Gleeson was also factor with nine points and nine rebounds in 34 minutes of action.

The Lady Railsplitters return to action on Saturday, December 7, hitting the road to Hartsville, South Carolina for a 2 p.m. South Atlantic Conference draw against the Coker College Cobras.

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