Lady Railsplitters finish three-game homestand with Coker win

HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Lady Railsplitters finished their three-game homestand the right way.

After falling to nationally-ranked Carson-Newman on Wednesday in its South Atlantic Conference opener, the Lincoln Memorial University women's basketball team wrapped it up with a 76-66 victory over Coker Saturday afternoon inside Tex Turner Arena.

The win gave the Lady Railsplitters (3-3, 1-1 SAC) a 2-1 record through the home stretch while evening out their conference record.

Outside of a 3-3 tie with seven minutes, 49 seconds remaining in the first period, LMU controlled the matchup. The Lady Railsplitters never trailed, taking the tie and building on it positively the rest of the way.

Senior Rachel Griffith paced her squad with 16 points, including 3-for-5 from long range. Griffith's three triples, plus Lindsay Proffitt's 3-for-3 stat line, paced the Lady Railsplitters' 50-percent (10 of 20) effort from beyond the arc.

Proffitt's trio of triples and a pair of free throws gave her 11 points. The freshman also led the Railsplitters with six rebounds while Emily Griffith and Kyndall Caudle each bucketed 11 apiece, as well.

Those four double-digit scorers - Proffitt and Caudle contributing to the bench's 40 points - and 24 forced turnovers put the Lady Railsplitters in position to add to their lead each time the Cobras (1-7, 0-2) came within single digits.

It repeatedly happened in the second period before LMU carried a 13-point lead into halftime. The advantage ballooned rather quickly in the next 10 minutes as the Lady Railsplitters turned it into a 21-point lead with two minutes, 47 seconds remaining in the third frame.

The Cobras, who were paced by Saquita Joyner's 21 points and nine rebounds, cut at their deficit in the final 10 minutes, but it wasn't enough to cause a worry for the victorious Lady Railsplitters.

LMU will have a week off before traveling to Queens for another SAC matchup at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.