GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Junior Aisjah Roan recorded her second double-double in three games as the Lady Railsplitters topped the Tusculum College Pioneers 76-66 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday.
Lincoln Memorial, winners of three straight, improves to 7-6 on the season and 6-3 in SAC play. Meanwhile, the Pioneers drop to 1-12 and 1-8.
Tusculum’s Shynese Whitener scored the first bucket of the game, giving the Pioneers a 2-0 lead with a lay-up just 15 seconds in. However, the Lady Railsplitters countered with a 10-2 run over the next 2:44 to jump out to a 10-4 lead. Four different Lady Railsplitters scored over that flurry. LMU never trailed for the remainder of the contest, trudging out to as large as a 16-point first-half lead before settling on a 35-23 cushion at the midway point.
The Lady Railsplitters eclipsed the 70-point barrier for the third time in four games, tallying that mark on a season-high 49.2 percent shooting (29-for-59). Lincoln Memorial knocked down five of its 13 three-point attempts, but a 13-for-27 clip from the free-throw line took away from what was otherwise an efficient offensive performance.
Louisville native Aisjah Roan led the Lady Railsplitters with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting while adding a team-high 11 rebounds. Roan also collected a season- and game-high five assists. For the second straight game, LMU’s second unit nearly doubled the output of its opponent, as Kortnay Cox and Haley Nelson fronted a 37-19 advantage for the Lady Railsplitter reserves with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Those were season-high point totals for both Cox and Nelson. Junior Samantha Satterlee finished with 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting.
The Lady Railsplitters limited the Pioneers to just 31.6 percent shooting (25-for-79), which marks the third-lowest total for an LMU opponent during the 2013-14 campaign. During Lincoln Memorial’s five-game losing skid, its opponents shot better than 45 percent from the three-point line three times. Now, the Lady Railsplitters have held four-straight opponents below 25-percent shooting from long range, as Tusculum went 2-for-10 beyond the arc.
Tusculum’s Shynese Whitener led all players with 22 points on 9-of-20 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Brianna Mitchell sparked the Pioneers’ short-staffed second unit with 13 points in 28 minutes, while Blakeley Burleson chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds. Kristen McMillion added 10 points and collected a game-high 16 rebounds, leading the Pioneers to a 50-45 advantage on the boards. McMillion also chalked up five steals in 39 minutes of burn.
The Lady Railsplitters led by double digits for all but two seconds in the second half. A three-point play by Roan with 5:26 remaining gave LMU a 17-point lead, its biggest of the night. The Pioneers rallied behind a 15-7 run over a 4:53 stretch to cut the deficit to 75-66. But, Elliotte Roberts nailed one of her two free-throw attempts with 31 ticks left on the clock to give Lincoln Memorial a ten-point win.
The Pioneers committed 14 turnovers which contributed to 18 points for the Lady Railsplitters. Tusculum made up that deficit by collecting 26 offensive rebounds that were responsible for 16 second-chance points. LMU narrowly outscored the Pioneers 30-28 in the paint.
The Lady Railsplitters return to action on Saturday with a trip to Charlotte, N.C., to take on the Queens University Royals at 2 p.m.