PENSACOLA, FL -- The Lady Railsplitters provided some late drama with a furious second-half rally, but the Argonauts of the University of West Florida held on to defeat the Lincoln Memorial University women's basketball team by a margin of 46-41 on the first day of the McDonald Fleming Moorhead Thanksgiving Classic on Friday afternoon in the UWF Field House.
The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for the Lady Railsplitters and drops the ladies to 3-2 on the season, while the Argonauts improve to 1-4 on the 2012-13 season with the victory.
The Lady Railsplitters went into the break facing a 21-16 deficit, as the Argonauts limited LMU to 19.4% shooting from the field and a 1-12 mark from the three-point line. UWF was only minimally more effective offensively in that frame, shooting 28.1% from the field with a 1-8 line from beyond the arc.
Lincoln Memorial came out of the break firing on all cylinders, swinging the momentum in their favor and taking a 25-21 lead by the 14:09 mark of the second half. The Argonauts responded with a 12-2 run over the ensuing six minutes of action to regain the lead at 33-27.
The Argonauts continued to push the pace, extending their advantage to as many as 12 with 3:57 remaining in regulation. With the score at 44-32 at that juncture, the Lady Railsplitters made a furious rally down the stretch to cut the deficit to 45-41 with a jumper by MaRanda Boddie at the one-minute mark.
The Lady Railsplitters were held to only two more attempts at a basket in the final minute without a score to their credit, as West Florida out-lasted LMU, 46-41.
Both teams struggled mightily throughout on the offensive end with the Argonauts holding a slight shooting advantage over the Lady Railsplitters (24.6%-21.9%). The three-point line was unkind on both ends throughout the game, as LMU finished 1-23 from long range and the Argonauts sat at 1-12.
The Lady Railsplitters were led offensively by MaRanda Boddie, who matched a game-high figure with 10 points. Boddie also helped lead LMU to a 54-50 advantage on the boards with a 10-rebound performance to cap her first double-double outing of the season.
Ralissa Nelson added seven points and three rebounds, while Edina Musa grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with four points.
The frenetic pace of the game played a significant role in the big turnover numbers on each side of the ball, as the Lady Railsplitters and Argonauts combined to commit 51 turnovers in the contest.
Jasmine Wigfall highlighted the offensive effort for West Florida with 10 points. Jaymie Druding led the Argonauts with 12 rebounds and paired that figure with eight points. Raquel Miller added seven points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Railsplitters made the most of their second-chance opportunities with 17 offensive rebounds to their credit, capitalizing with 15 points following offensive boards. UWF, however, matched that output with a 14-2 advantage on fast break points and a 23-17 advantage from in bench scoring.
Lincoln Memorial University will look to rebound tomorrow afternoon in the final day of the McDonald Fleming Moorhead Thanksgiving Classic, as they take on Gulf South Atlantic foe University of West Alabama. That game is set to tip at 3 p.m. eastern time.