The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team (11-2, 3-1) made it four wins in a row with an 80-69 victory over Carson-Newman College (8-4, 2-2) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Holt Fieldhouse.
L-R junior guard Whitley Culler (Mount Airy, N.C.) led the way with a
game-high 18 points in addition to nine rebounds while senior guard Cameron Sealey (Mount Holly, N.C.) added 16 points for the Bears en route to the win.
Carson-Newman, which lost for the fourth straight time at home to Lenoir-Rhyne, was led by Zoriah Williams' (Calera, Ala.) 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 17-point lead on two occasions midway through the first half - 26-9 and 28-11 - before entering the break with a 44-28 advantage.
Carson-Newman rallied to cut the lead to 69-61 on a pair of free throws by Courdne Miles (Burlington, N.C.) with 2:50 left but Lenoir-Rhyne wouldn't let the Eagles get any closer the rest of the way.
Sophomore guard Alexis Katt (Euharlee, Ga.) also scored in double figures for the Bears as she came off the bench to finish with 10 points.
Shannon Depew (Newport, Tenn.) was second player for Carson-Newman to tally a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds but the Eagles shot just 33 percent (23-of-69) for the game including 22 percent (six-of-27) from behind the three-point line.
Lenoir-Rhyne, off to its best start in four years, shot 51 percent (25-of-49) from the field and connected on 26-of-38 free throw attempts.
In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne seventh-year Head Coach Todd Starkey tied Pat Smith (1977-82) for the most wins as Bear mentor in school history with 114.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday, L-R returns home to face Wingate while Carson-Newman plays Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn. Both contests begin at 6 p.m.
LRU 80, CARSON-NEWMAN 69
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lenoir-Rhyne............................ 44 36 - 80
Carson-Newman................. 28 41 - 69
LRU: BONGIORNO 7, SEALEY 16, CULLER 18 (8 REBOUNDS), BRINKLEY 8, CHARLES 7, GUST 2, KATT 10, PATTON 6, LAUGHTER 6. FG: 25-49, 3FG: 4-11, FT: 26-38. 41 REBOUNDS, 22 TURNOVERS, 17 ASSISTS.
CARSON-NEWMAN: WILLIAMS 16 (11 REBOUNDS), DYE 10, HUNTER 1, MOODY 9, DEPEW 14 (10 REBOUNDS), HOWARD 9, JAMES 2 (7 REBOUNDS), MILES 8. FG: 23-69, 3FG: 6-27, FT: 17-24. 41 REBOUNDS, 22 TURNOVERS, 11 ASSISTS.
Bears Earn First SAC Win of Year
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (5-8, 1-3) picked up its first South Atlantic Conference win of the year with a 66-60 victory over Carson-Newman (9-5, 2-2) Saturday at Holt Fieldhouse.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which rallied from an early 10-point deficit, was led by sophomore guard Hunter McClintock (Durham, N.C.).
McClintock led all scorers with 17 points and connected on five three-pointers as the Bears snapped a three-game losing streak.
L-R senior forward D.J. Blackmon (Albemarle, N.C.) added 15 points and sophomore forward Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.) totaled 14 points and six rebounds in the victory.
Antoine Davis (Rustburg, Va.) led Carson-Newman with 16 points and Marcellous Perez (Jacksonville, N.C.) added 14 points in the losing effort. Both players hit three treys for the Eagles as well.
The Bears saw themselves down by a 14-4 score just five minutes into the game but rallied to take a 35-30 lead into intermission.
The game remained close after halftime as Carson-Newman took its last lead of the contest on a lay-up by Kevin Leatherwood (Charlottesville, Va.) with 4:24 remaining for a 58-57 advantage.
Lenoir-Rhyne, however, closed the contest with a 9-2 run which included Blackmon's jump shot with 2:34 remaining that broke a 60-all tie and proved to be the game-winner.
L-R also held a 43-36 advantage in rebounding and limited Carson-Newman to just 31 percent shooting (eight-of-26) from behind the three-point line.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium while Carson-Newman plays at league-rival Tusculum. Both contests are scheduled to tip off at 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday.
LRU 66, CARSON-NEWMAN 60
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Lenoir-Rhyne............................ 35 31 - 66
Carson-Newman.................... 30 30 - 60
LRU: McCLINTOCK 17, BLACKMON 15, BEASLEY 2, JONES 14, DAVIS 7, DILLINGHAM 5, HAWKINS 6. FG: 27-62. 3FG: 6-14, FT: 6-11. 43 REBOUNDS, 14 TURNOVERS, 13 ASSISTS.
CARSON-NEWMAN: PEREZ 14, DAVIS 16 (7 REBOUNDS), SANDERS 2, JOHNSON 4, LEATHERWOOD 8, POPE 3, JACKSON 4 (8 REBOUNDS), CRANE 9. FG: 24-63, 3FG: 8-26, FT: 4-6. 36 REBOUNDS, 13 TURNOVERS, 14 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Alexis Katt, LRU Athletics