BREVARD, NC -- The Lady Railsplitters overcame a poor-shooting performance and erased a 12-point second half deficit on Wednesday night, as junior guard Kalasia Green netted a three-pointer with five seconds remaining in regulation to lift LMU to a 46-45 victory over the Brevard College Tornados in South Atlantic Conference women's basketball action in Brevard, North Carolina. With the win, Lincoln Memorial University (13-10, 6-7 SAC) extended their winning streak to three and captured their fifth win over the last six games. Brevard was dropped to 5-16 on the year and 3-10 in league play with the loss.
Lincoln Memorial struggled mightily on the offensive end, posting a 31.5% effort from the field and turning the ball over 14 times, which helped push Brevard out to a 37-25 advantage with 10:06 left in the contest. However, the Lady Railsplitters flipped the script over that final 10-minute stretch with a 21-8 run, capped by Kalasia Green's game-winning three with five seconds left to win the game.
The Lady Railsplitters used a balanced offensive attack to accumulate their offensive numbers in the game, as nine different players put in at least a point in the winning effort on the road. Kalasia Green led the team with 12 points on a five-for-10 effort from the floor with her only three-pointer coming on her game-winning attempt. She also notched four rebounds and a pair of steals to round out her stat ledger. Kelsey Bradford tallied nine points on a four-for-11 mark with her lone three-point basket coming in the final minute of the first period. MaRanda Boddie finished with seven points and a team-leading nine rebounds, while Ralissa Nelson chipped in with six points and four boards.
LMU was narrowly edged on the glass, as the Tornados reigned in 39 rebounds as a unit to 35 for the Lady Railsplitters. Lincoln Memorial assisted on more than half of the field goals in the game with nine assists on 17 made buckets. Miranda Davenport led the Lady Railsplitters with three assists.
Despite the offensive woes for the Lady Railsplitters, in characteristic fashion, they put on the clamps defensively, limiting the Tornados to only a 27.9% effort from the floor with a 17-for-61 mark. Micheala Watkins led all players in the game with 17 points, however, she needed 19 shots to accrue that number. Tuccoa Brackett also netted double-figures with 12 points but she was limited offensively to a five-for-19 clip in the game. Brackett was a force on the glass for Brevard with a game-high 11 rebounds to round out her double-double performance. Only three other players scored in the game for the Tornados.
Brevard opened by scoring the first four points on buckets by Tuccoa Brackett and Shelby Wolfe to take early command of the board. By the 15:17 mark of the first stanza, the Tornados marched out to a 9-4 advantage following a pair of free throws by Wolfe. The Lady Railsplitters countered that start by churning out a 9-0 run, capped with a layup by Kalasia Green at the 11:05 mark, to take a 13-9 lead. The Tornados would fight back to knot the game at 13-13 and the two teams traded baskets in four-straight possessions to meet in a 17-17 stalemate with 49 seconds left in the period. Kelsey Bradford tallied the last score of the period with a three-pointer at the 45 second mark to send LMU into the break leading 20-17.
The Tornados drained their first three shots of the second half to record an 8-0 run to regain the lead at 25-20 with 17:47 left in regulation. The Lady Railsplitters cut the deficit back to two with a three-point play from Kalasia Green at the 16:55 mark, however, Lincoln Memorial would be held scoreless over the ensuing seven-minute stretch. Over that span, Brevard compiled a 10-0 run to storm out in front, 37-25, with only 10:06 left on the clock. Ralissa Nelson broke the scoring drought with a three-point at the 9:20 mark, which was answered with a bucket by Micheala Watkins in the next Tornado possession.
Trailing 39-28 with only 9:19 left, the Lady Railsplitters rallied back into the game with an 8-0 run over the next four minutes and five seconds, as Jasmine Kelly capped that run with a layup to make it 39-36 in favor of Brevard with 5:14 left to play. The two teams traded punches over the next several minutes until MaRanda Boddie put in a layup with 3:35 left to cut the deficit to 43-41. With 2:08 left on the clock, Tuccoa Brackett drained a pair of free throw attempts to extend the Tornados' lead to four at 45-41. Despite that advantage, the final two minutes would fall in favor of the Lady Railsplitters, as Kelsey Bradford netted a jumper with 46 ticks left to bring LMU within two, and Kalasia Green followed a steal by Kortnay Cox with a game-sealing three-pointer with five seconds left in regulation. The Tornados last ditch effort went begging, as Lincoln Memorial closed with a 5-0 run to escape Brevard with a 46-45 win.
The Lady Railsplitters will look to continue their winning ways this weekend, as they are slated to travel to Anderson, South Carolina for a battle with the Anderson University Trojans. That game is set to tip at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th.