The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (12-4, 7-4) got back on the winning track with a 72-60 victory over Queens (5-10, 4-7) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Curry
Arena inside the Levine Center.
Junior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) led four players in double figures for the Bears, finishing with a team-high 17 points as Lenoir-Rhyne completed the season sweep of Queens.
Junior guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) added 14 points and senior forward Nneka Awuruonye (Charlotte, N.C.) tallied a double-double - 11 points and 11 rebounds - as the Bears led the entire contest.
Queens lost despite a combined 45 points from Shonice Pettaway (Walstonburg, N.C.) and Nikia Squire (Columbia, S.C.). Pettaway led all scorers with 26 points while Squire added 19 points and 12 rebounds in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 33-24 lead at halftime and led by as many as 16 points in the second half on a field goal by Gust with 16:30 left for a 43-27 advantage.
Queens, however, tried to rally and cut the margin to six points at 45-39 on a lay-up by Lacey Singletary (Burlington, N.C.) but couldn't get any closer.
Lenoir-Rhyne held the advantage the rest of the way by hitting five of its seven three-pointers in the second half and shooting 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field after intermission.
The Bears also held a 49-32 advantage on the boards and limited the Royals to just 35 percent shooting (18-of-52) for the game. Queens suffered its third straight setback as well.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon, Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Mars Hill beginning at 4:00 p.m., while faces Anderson on the road at 2:00 p.m.
Queens Downs Lenoir-Rhyne Men, 69-58
The Queens Men's Basketball Team (8-7, 6-5) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (7-8, 6-5), 69-58, Wednesday evening at Curry Arena inside the Levine Center in a South Atlantic Conference game.
The Royals, which snapped a two-game losing streak, was led by Jarrett Stokes (Smyrna, Ga.) with a game-high 23 points while Joby Glymph (Lexington, S.C.) scored 19 points in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was paced by junior guard Lawrence Miller (Gastonia, N.C.) with 16 points off the bench while senior guard R.J. McClure (Canton, N.C.) finished with 14 points but the Bears suffered their third straight setback.
A 14-0 run early in the game helped the Royals build a 34-23 lead over the Bears entering the break.
Lenoir-Rhyne slowly began cutting into the deficit and trimmed the advantage to four points at 52-48 with 6:45 left on a three-point play by senior forward Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.).
However, Glymph responded for Queens with a three-pointer which started an 8-0 run and the Royals remained in control until the end of the contest.
Queens finished with eight treys including four by Stokes and shot 51 percent (25-of-49) for the game while avenging a double-overtime loss to Lenoir-Rhyne back in November.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday beginning at 6:00 p.m. Queens, meanwhile, faces league-foe Anderson in Anderson, S.C., Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Photo Courtresy: Jenni Gust, L-R Athletics