The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (10-2, 2-1) downed Anderson (5-6, 1-2), 65-59, in a South Atlantic Conference contest Wednesday
evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
L-R senior guard Cameron Sealey (Mount Holly, N.C.) led all scorers with 22 points as the Bears improved to 5-0 at home this year and are now off to their best start in four seasons.
Junior guard Whitley Culler (Mount Airy, N.C.) added 10 points as Lenoir-Rhyne limited Anderson to just 35 percent shooting (23-of-66) for the contest including 16 percent (five-of-32) from behind the three-point line.
The Trojans' Alissa Diaz (Coral Springs, Fla.) finished with a team-high 18 points while Tilde Ahlin (Sodertalje, SWEDEN) scored 12 points for Anderson, who suffered its third straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored the final eight points of the first half to take a 31-30 advantage into intermission.
A three-pointer by freshman guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) with 13:27 remaining in the second half gave the Bears a 43-42 lead and L-R would never trail again.
Lenoir-Rhyne, winners of three straight, would slowly build its advantage to as many as nine points at 53-44 on a pair of free throws from junior guard Caroline Laughter (Hickory, N.C.) and the Trojans would never get closer than three points the rest of the way.
In addition, L-R seventh-year Head Coach Todd Starkey is now one win away from tying Pat Smith (1977-82) for the most victories in program history. Smith went 114-32 as Bear mentor.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hits the road to face Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn., in a South Atlantic Conference game while Anderson plays at league-foe Catawba. Both contests are slated for Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
LRU 65, ANDERSON 59
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Anderson...................... 30 29 - 59
Lenoir-Rhyne.................. 31 34 - 65
ANDERSON: SIMPSON 6, DIAZ 18, SHANNON 6 (10 REBOUNDS), AHLIN 12, WILLOUGHBY 8, MOORE 4, WOODS 5. FG: 23-66, 3FG: 5-32, FT: 8-9. 40 REBOUNDS, 12 TURNOVERS, 15 ASSISTS.
LRU: BONGIORNO 7, SEALEY 22 (9 REBOUNDS), CULLER 10 (8 REBOUNDS), BRINKLEY 9, CHARLES 8, KATT 5 (10 REBOUNDS), PATTON 2, LAUGHTER 2. FG: 22-61, 3FG: 3-9, FT: 18-29. 46 REBOUNDS, 10 TURNOVERS, 10 ASSISTS.
Anderson Tames Bears, 75-72
The Anderson University Men's Basketball Team (8-3, 3-0) remained undefeated in South Atlantic Conference play with a 75-72 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne University (4-8, 0-3) at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium Wednesday night.
The Trojans' Taylor Shugart (Rock Hill, S.C.) finished with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting while Chandler Hash (Greer, S.C.) added 15 points as Anderson stayed in a first-place tie atop the league standings with Lincoln Memorial.
Sophomore guard Hunter McClintock (Durham, N.C.) scored a season-high 21 points including 17 after halftime to go along with six three-pointers for the Bears despite the loss.
Anderson led by as many as 16 points - 27-11 with 6:42 remaining in the first half - before Lenoir-Rhyne closed the Trojans' lead to 38-34 entering break.
The Trojans once again pushed the margin to double digits and held a 61-48 advantage midway through the second half on a jump shot by Shugart.
Lenoir-Rhyne, however, rallied again and trimmed the lead to one point (73-72) on a running lay-up from freshman guard A.J. McKenzie (Gastonia, N.C.) with seven seconds left.
After Anderson's Denzail Jones (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) sank a pair of free throws to push the advantage back to three, an L-R three-point attempt rimmed out at the top of the key as time ran out which would have forced overtime.
Also scoring in double figures for the Bears on the night were freshman guard Denzel Dillingham (Hickory, N.C.) and junior forward B.J. Beasley (Charlotte, N.C.) with 12 points and 10 points, respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game Saturday in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 4 p.m. Anderson next plays at Catawba in a league contest Saturday at 4 p.m., as well.
ANDERSON 75, LRU 72
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Anderson...................... 38 37 - 75
Lenoir-Rhyne.................. 34 38 - 72
ANDERSON: TRULL 13, HASH 15, LAMB 8 (9 REBOUNDS), McDOWELL 9 (8 REBOUNDS), SHUGART 23 (9 REBOUNDS), McGOWAN 2, JONES 4, SLEDGE 1. FG: 27-55, 3FG: 7-19, FT: 14-18. 39 REBOUNDS, 14 TURNOVERS, 12 ASSISTS.
LRU: McKENZIE 9, McCLINTOCK 21, DILLINGHAM 12, BEASLEY 10, McCLURE 1, BLACKMON 4, THOMAS 3, HAWKINS 6, JONES 6. FG: 25-56, 3FG: 8-19, FT: 14-25. 28 REBOUNDS, 10 TURNOVERS, 18 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Cameron Sealey, LRU Atheltics