W. Basketball

Lincoln Memorial Women's Basketball Upends L-R, 71-64

L-R to host Carson-Newman in the first round of the conference tournament on Wednesday

L-R guard Cameron Sealey, the lone senior for the Bears who was honored today, led all scorers with 20 points in a 71-64 setback to Lincoln Memorial Saturday at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.L-R guard Cameron Sealey, the lone senior for the Bears who was honored today, led all scorers with 20 points in a 71-64 setback to Lincoln Memorial Saturday at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Box Score

Hickory, N.C. - The Lincoln Memorial Women's Basketball Team (14-12, 9-9) upset Lenoir-Rhyne University (19-8, 11-7), 71-64, in the South Atlantic Conference regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Lady Railsplitters' Dayshalee Salaman (Carolina, PUERTO RICO) finished with a team-high 19 points and Kelsey Bradford (Metropolis, Ill.) added 15 points and hit all five three-point attempts in the road win.

Lincoln Memorial opened up an 18-4 lead and eventually held on to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne and split the season series with the Bears.

L-R guard Cameron Sealey (Mount Holly, N.C.), the lone senior on the squad who was honored after the game, led all scorers with 20 points despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore guard Krystal Patton (Chilhowie, Va.) added 13 points off the bench but the Bears shot just 39 percent (25-of-65) from the field including 25 percent (five-of-20) from behind the three-point line.

Lincoln Memorial led by as many as 15 points when Mariah Richardson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) hit a field goal with 8:18 remaining in the first half but Lenoir-Rhyne would cut the margin to 39-34 entering break.

L-R would eventually slice the lead to one point at 59-58 with 4:49 left but Lincoln Memorial responded with five straight points capped off by a trey from Bradford and the Bears never got within four points the rest of the way.

Ralissa Nelson (Janesville, Wis.) added 15 points for the Lady Railsplitters, who hit eight three-pointers and shot 53 percent (eight-of-15) from three-point land.

In the first round of the 2012 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Wednesday, fourth-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne hosts No. 5 Carson-Newman while seventh-seeded Lincoln Memorial visits No. 2 Catawba. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

The semifinals and finals of the league tournament will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Catawba Valley Community College inside the Tarlton Complexin Hickory, N.C. The winner earns a berth to the playoffs.

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