WINGATE, N.C. - Wingate used a second-half surge to grab the lead and held off LMU down the stretch to claim the 75-68 win Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Railsplitters used a first-quarter run to pull out to a nine-point lead. Wingate scored to cut the lead to seven and the teams traded baskets down the stretch, with LMU holding a 20-12 lead after one period.
A Dasia Maxwell jumper gave LMU the 22-12 lead, but the Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 22-19. LMU increased the lead to six points off a Sydney Newsome jump shot, but again Wingate went on a run, this time scoring 10 unanswered points, to claim a 35-31 lead. The Lady Railsplitters would get no closer than two points the rest of the half, trailing 37-35 at the intermission.
LMU took a brief 40-39 lead following a three-pointer by Rachel Griffith and a basket from Maggie Jachimczuk to open the third quarter. The lead switched between the two teams for several minutes before Wingate surged out to a 58-49 lead late in the quarter.
The Lady Railsplitters fought back and cut the lead to one point twice midway through the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs hit key free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 75-68 win.
Emily Griffith led LMU with 17 points, including 7-7 from the free throw line. She also had four assists, two steals and a block. Rachel Griffith added in 12 points and seven assists. Jachimczuk led the team with eight rebounds.
Teliyah Jeter and Jo Snow led WU with 16 points apiece while Danasia Witherspoon pulled down 12 rebounds.
LMU falls to 12-10 with the loss and they are now 8-7 in South Atlantic Conference play. They host North Greenville in a non-conference Valentine's Day contest this coming Thursday at 6 p.m.