Lenoir-Rhyne Women Rally To Down Mars Hill
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (13-4, 8-4) rallied in the second half to defeat Mars Hill (4-
12, 3-9), 83-70, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
L-R junior guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.), the conference's leading scorer, finished with a team-high 21 points and the Bears scored 49 points after halftime en route to the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) added 17 points and the Bears finished 22-of-25 (88 percent) from the free throw line to remain in a third-place tie in the league standings.
Mars Hill lost despite a 37-point effort from Ansley Ricker (Greeneville, Tenn.). Ricker also connected on all 10 free throw attempts but it wasn't enough as the Lions saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.
Cadence Wilmoth (Glade Spring, Va.) came off the bench to score 12 points as well despite the setback for the Lions.
Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead for good on a three-pointer by senior forward Krystal Patton (Chilhowie, Va.) for a 49-47 advantage with 11:41 left in the contest before the Bears used an 11-0 run later in the half to put the contest out of reach.
Senior guard Danielle Bongiorno (Wilmington, N.C.) added nine points and nine rebounds for the Bears, who beat the Lions for the sixth straight time. Lenoir-Rhyne is also 8-1 in its last nine contests.
Both teams play at home on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., against South Atlantic Conference foes. Lenoir-Rhyne entertains rival Catawba while Mars Hill faces off against Tusculum.
Lenoir-Rhyne Surges In Second Half, Beats Mars Hill, 87-61
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (8-8, 7-5) showed good offensive balance with six players scoring in double figures en route to an 87-61 win over Mars Hill (3-14, 1-11) Saturday night in South Atlantic Conference action at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
L-R senior forward Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.) came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points and the Bears used a 17-0 run midway through the second half in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jarvis Perry (Willingboro, N.J.) added 14 points and the Bears shot 64 percent (33-of-52) for the game in snapping a three-game losing streak.
Mars Hill's Devonte Williams (Hampton, Va.) finished with a team-high 14 points but the Lions shot just 23 percent (five-of-22) from behind the three-point line in the setback.
The Lions' Isaiah Cuthbertson (Cleveland, N.C.) finished with 12 points and seven rebounds as well in the losing effort.
L-R senior guard R.J. McClure (Canton, N.C.) and senior forward Mark Terrell (Keswick, Va.) scored 12 points each as well for the Bears, who improved to 6-0 at home this year and has won nine straight games at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium dating back to last season.
Lenoir-Rhyne next remains at home to face Catawba in a league contest while Mars Hill hosts Tusculum in a conference game. Both South Atlantic Conference contests take place on Wednesday beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne Track Has Record Day At Tar Heel Indoor Open
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Teams had several notable performances Saturday at the Tar Heel Open at the Eddie Smith Field House.
L-R sophomore Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) finished first in the men's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.93 seconds, which tied his own school record.
Baxter was an NCAA Division II All-American in the event last year and has already qualified as a provisional to nationals this season.
Baxter's time is currently ranked second in the country as well for all indoor NCAA Division II athletes.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Zach Millsaps (Statesville, N.C.) set a new school record in the men's 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:04.06, good for an 11th-place finish overall.
In addition, sophomore Anthony Downs (Chapin, S.C.) set a new program mark in the men's weight throw (49'3"). Downs finished sixth overall in the event.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams next compete in the Mountaineer Indoor Open in Boone, N.C., on Friday, February 7, and Saturday, February 8.