The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (13-6, 8-3) bounced back to defeat Wingate (10-11, 4-6), 55-53, Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial
Gymnasium to remain in the hunt for the league crown.
L-R sophomore guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points as the Bears snapped a two-game losing streak and swept the season series from the Bulldogs for the first time in 13 years. Sarah Wollett (Raleigh, N.C.) and Morgan McGee (Durham, N.C.) each scored 11 points for the Bulldogs, who suffered their second straight setback.
With the win, Lenoir-Rhyne also remained tied for second place in the league standings with Newberry and is one game behind first-place Anderson.
The game remained close throughout, including a 28-28 tie at intermission, but the Bears took the lead for good on a lay-up by junior forward Whitney Brinkley (Asheville, N.C.) at the 7:39 mark of the second half for a 43-42 advantage.
Wingate threatened but could not get within two points the rest of the way as Lenoir-Rhyne held a 41-32 advantage on the boards in the conference home victory.
Junior guard Krystal Patton (Chilhowie, Va.) added nine points for Lenoir-Rhyne, who also limited Wingate to just two-of-12 (17 percent) from behind the three-point line in the second half.
L-R hits the road for the first time in two weeks and will travel to Jefferson City, Tenn., to face Carson-Newman in a league contest while Wingate visits Tusculum. Both games are scheduled to take place on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Wingate Pulls Away From Lenoir-Rhyne
The Wingate Men's Basketball Team (13-6, 9-2) remained in a three-way tie for first place at the top of the South Atlantic Conference standings after downing Lenoir-Rhyne (14-5, 7-4), 69-57, Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs' Ethan Kincaid (Morganton, N.C.) led the way with 20 points while Deion Turman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 15 points and nine rebounds as Wingate completed the season sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne
The Bears, who also suffered their sixth straight setback to the Bulldogs, were led by senior forward B.J. Beasley's (Charlotte, N.C.) 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard R.J. McClure (Canton, N.C.) and junior forward Matt Kunz (Kernersville, N.C.) added 10 points each but the Bears saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
The Bulldogs held a 51-47 advantage with 6:49 left before taking control with an 8-2 run to increase their lead to 10 points capped off by a jump shot by Odell Turner (Charlotte, N.C.).
Turner finished with eight points and 10 rebounds as Wingate led by as many as 14 points and remained in a first-place tie in the SAC with Anderson and Lincoln Memorial.
In addition, Wingate shot 55 percent (27-of-49) from the field for the game while Lenoir-Rhyne hit just 12-of-22 free throw attempts in the home setback.
On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne plays Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn., while Wingate faces Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn., in the next round of conference games.
Photo Courtesy: Jzsmine Charles, L-R Athletics