NEWBERRY, S.C. – The LMU women's basketball team cut a double-digit lead down to five points, but then went ice cold down the stretch as Newberry pulled out the 76-54 win over the Lady Railsplitters Saturday afternoon.
The loss drops the Lady Railsplitters to 4-6 overall on the season and 3-3 in SAC play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Wolves started off the game with an 8-0 run. LMU answered back to cut it to 9-7 midway through the quarter, but the Wolves went on a late run to lead 19-12 after one stanza.
• LMU came out on fire in the second period, shooting 53.8 percent for the frame, but a pair of Courtney Virgo three-pointers extended the Newberry lead to 11 points. LMU would cut the lead to eight on several occasions but trailed 38-29 at the half.
• An early run by LMU cut the lead to 40-35 to open the third quarter, but five quick points by the Wolves put the lead back to double-digits.
• LMU cut the lead back to nine, but then went ice cold down the stretch, not scoring from the field for over five minutes.
• Newberry took advantage of LMU's cold shooting to push the lead out to over 20 points and LMU would not get it under 21 for the remainder of the game.
• Shermeria Quarles and Lexi Kiser led LMU with 10 points apiece.
• Quarles also led LMU on the boards with eight rebounds.
• Kyndall Caudle chipped in nine points, Lauren Flowers had eight and Grace Day scored seven points.
• Kelsey McDermott led the Wolves with 23 points, going 10-11 from the field and 3-3 from three-point range.
• For the game, LMU shot 29.6 percent from the field, 6.3 percent from behind the arc, and 73.3 percent from the charity stripe.
• NC shot 52.9 percent from the field, 47.6 percent from three-point range, and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line.
• The Wolves outrebounded LMU 41-34.
• LMU's bench outscored Newberry's 27-15 and they had 32 points in the paint to the Wolves' 24.
• Newberry improves its lead in the all-time series to 22-9. LMU is now 2-15 all-time in Eleazer Arena.
The Lady Railsplitters will open up a three-game homestand on Wednesday as they host UVa-Wise at 5:30 p.m. This will be the first-ever meeting between the neighboring schools as conference rivals as the Cavaliers joined the SAC this season.