Tusculum Women's Basketball Survives In Overtime, 61-52, Against Lenoir-Rhyne
February 22, 2012
Bears see their three-game winning streak snapped and fall out of first place
|Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Whitley Culler finished with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 61-52 overtime loss to Tusculum Wednesday evening in a conference contest at Pioneer Arena.|
Greeneville, Tenn. - The Tusculum Women's Basketball Team (17-8, 11-6) pulled into a third-place tie in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 61-52 overtime victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (19-7, 11-6) Wednesday evening at Pioneer Arena.
Three players scored in double figures for the Pioneers, led by Alishia Mosley's (Cameron, N.C.) 15 points, as Tusculum defeated Lenoir-Rhyne for the sixth straight game.
The two squads are now tied for third place in the league standings and are one game behind Wingate and Catawba in the race for the conference regular season title.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds from junior guard Whitley Culler (Mount Airy, N.C.). Senior guard Cameron Sealey (Mount Holly, N.C.) added 11 points for the Bears, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped.
Tusculum held a 27-21 advantage at halftime and stayed ahead through most of the second half before Lenoir-Rhyne took a 45-43 lead on lay-up by Sealey at the 5:05 mark of the second half.
The Pioneers tied at the contest at 47 and forced overtime with a lay-up courtesy of Staci Hicks (Loveland, Ohio) with 1:38 remaining. Hicks finished with 13 points on the evening. A Pioneer three-point attempt rimmed out with two seconds left and play was extended to overtime.
In the extra period, Culler hit a jump shot to give Lenoir-Rhyne a 50-49 lead with 1:54 left but Tusculum ended the contest on a 12-2 run. In addition, Mosley scored the Pioneers' first eight points in overtime.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 43-39 edge in rebounds but was limited to just 30 percent shooting (18-of-60) for the game including one-for-14 (seven percent) from behind the three-point line.
In the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Rankings, Lenoir-Rhyne is No. 6 while Tusculum is fifth. The top eight teams in each region earn a berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
For each teams' Senior Day on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts league-rival Lincoln Memorial at 4:00 p.m., while Tusculum entertains Mars Hill in a conference contest beginning at 2:00 p.m.