The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (20-4, 15-4), ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II and first in the region, ran its winning streak to nine games with a 62-55 triumph over Catawba (12-11, 10-9)

Wednesday in a South Atlantic Conference game at Goodman Gymnasium.



L-R junior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.), the reigning league player of the week, led all scorers with 15 points as the Bears swept the season series from the Indians and improved to 15-1 in their last 16 contests.


Junior guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) also became the 18th player in school history to score 1,000 points and finished with 11 points on the night for the Bears as L-R remained tied at the top of the league standings with Wingate.


Catawba was led by Chloe Bully (Hannut, BELGIUM) with 12 points but the Indians could not hold a nine-point lead in the first half and finished the game just 20-of-62 shooting (32 percent) from the floor.


Catawba held a 29-26 advantage at intermission but Lenoir-Rhyne took control from the start of the second half with a 15-2 run and remained in the lead the rest of the way.


Senior guard Krystal Patton (Chilhowie, Va.) scored 11 points as well and hit two key three-pointers in the second half for the Bears, who held a 43-35 advantage on the boards and blocked six shots in the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne, which won 20 games in a season for the first time in four years, next travels to Greeneville, Tenn., to take on Tusculum on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Catawba remains at home to face Brevard in a league contest Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m., as well.



Photo Courtesy: Jazmine Charles, L-R Athletics