Lenoir-Rhyne Women Down Lincoln Memorial


The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (18-4, 13-4) won its seventh straight game after downing Lincoln Memorial (12-9, 11-6), 63-55, Saturday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.


L-R junior guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.), the league's leading scorer, finished with a game-high 19 points including 17 after halftime as the Bears improved to 13-1 in their last 14 contests.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) added 18 points as the Bears remained tied for first place in the conference standings with Wingate.


Lincoln Memorial's Aisjah Roan (Louisville, Ky.) scored a team-high 13 points and MaRanda Boddie (Springfield, Ohio) added a double-double - 11 points and 10 rebounds - but the Bears swept the season series from the Lady Railsplitters.


The Bears erased a 20-9 deficit to start the game then took the lead for good on a lay-up by Charles for a 41-39 advantage with 9:30 remaining.


Charles then scored all eight points in an 8-0 run later in the game to push the lead to 56-46 at the 3:50 mark of the second half and the Bears never let their advantage fall below five points the rest of the way.


L-R senior forward Nneka Awuruonye (Charlotte, N.C.) added seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds as the Bears forced the Lady Railsplitters into 25 turnovers in the victory.


On Monday night at 6:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference game while Lincoln Memorial hosts rival Tusculum.


L-R Men Can't Overcome No. 14 Lincoln Memorial



The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (11-10, 10-7) lost for the first time at home this season, 66-61 to No. 14 Lincoln Memorial (19-2, 15-2) Saturday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.


Lincoln Memorial's Vincent Bailey (Jennings, Fla.) finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Railsplitters beat the Bears for the eighth straight time and remained three games up in the conference standings.


Senior guard Jarvis Perry (Willingboro, N.J.) scored a game-high 17 points and sophomore guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) added 15 points off the bench but the Bears fell to 8-1 at home this year.


Lenoir-Rhyne also saw its 11-game winning streak at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium snapped dating back to last year and hit just three-of-14 (21 percent) three-point attempts on the night.


L-R kept the game close throughout, leading by a 25-23 advantage at halftime and forcing 14 ties in the contest.


With the score knotted at 44-44 with 8:04 left, Lincoln Memorial's Chance Jones (Knoxville, Tenn.) gave the Railsplitters the lead for good. Jones added 13 points as Lincoln Memorial shot 51 percent (20-of-39) for the game.


The Railsplitters stayed ahead the rest of the way thanks to 20-of-28 shooting (71 percent) from the charity stripe in the second half. L-R sophomore forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added 10 points in the losing effort as well.


Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference game on Monday at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 8:00 p.m., while Lincoln Memorial returns home to face rival Tusculum on Monday at 8:00 p.m., as well.



Lenoir-Rhyne Track Establishes More School Marks At The UCS Indoor Invitational



The Lenoir-Rhyne University Indoor Track and Field Teams continued its season Saturday at the UCS Invitational at the JDL Fast Track.


L-R sophomore Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.), a 2013 NCAA Division II All-American, won for the fourth time in as many meets this year with a first-place finish in the men's 60-meter hurdles (8.09 seconds).


L-R freshman Zach Millsaps (Statesville, N.C.) broke the school indoor record in the men's 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:04.


In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jawanzza Harris (Pinebluff, N.C.) and senior Aaron Nelson (Mayodan, N.C.) both set new indoor program marks in the men's pole vault (13'5.25").


Another strong showing came in the women's 5,000-meter run with redshirt freshman Grace Turner (Lincolnton, N.C.) placing seventh overall with a time of 19:01 for the Bears.


The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Teams next compete in the George Mason Last Chance Meet on Sunday, March 2, in Fairfax, Va.



Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Finishes Second Day Of Bluegrass Mountain Championships



The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams just completed the second day of competition Saturday at the 2014 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.


On the women's side, Wingate took over first place with 976.5 points while Lenoir-Rhyne moved up two spots to 10th place with 182 points.


In the men's competition, Queens (978.5 points) continues to lead while L-R sits in 13th place with 137 total points.


L-R sophomore Leah Watts (Hickory, N.C.) swam a school-record 4:34.54 in the finals of the women's 400-yard individual medley, good for a sixth-place finish overall.


In addition, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming Team placed eighth overall in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 8:04.11.


The squad consisted of Watts and sophomores Samantha Garrett (Fairbanks, Alaska), Abigail McRea (Hickory, N.C.) and Michaela Beatty (Catawba, N.C.). Watts' time of 1:54.74 in her leg of the relay established a new school mark as well.


Sunday will mark the third and final day of competition at the conference championship.


2014 Bluegrass Mountain

Conference Championships

Charlotte, N.C. - February 14-16

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center

Day Two Results


1. Wingate 976.5

2. Queens 872.5

3. Johns Hopkins 851.5

4. Limestone 481.5

5. Savannah College of Art & Design 415

6. Carson-Newman 379

7. Catawba 352

8. Converse 237

9. West Virginia Wesleyan 216

10. Lenoir-Rhyne 182

11. Fairmont State 176

12. Pfeiffer 168

13. Davis & Elkins 133

14. Washington & Lee 85



1. Queens 978.5

2. Wingate 951.5

3. Johns Hopkins 647.5

4. Limestone 510

5. Savannah College of Art & Design 350

6. Carson-Newman 348

7. Pfeiffer 342

8. Catawba 334.5

9. Fairmont State 302

10. Washington & Lee 276

11. Randolph-Macon 189

12. West Virginia Wesleyan 181

13. Lenoir-Rhyne 137

14. Davis & Elkins 126



Lenoir-Rhyne-Wingate Baseball Doubleheader Sunday To Now Start At 2:00 p.m.


The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team's South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Wingate on Sunday will now start at 2:00 p.m., at Bears Field. The two teams were originally scheduled to play at one. The doubleheader will be two seven-inning contests.



Photo Courtesy: Jazmine Charles, L-R Athletics