JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - LMU cut a 19-point Carson-Newman lead down to two points early in the fourth quarter, but a late run allowed the host Eagles to escape with the 81-71 South Atlantic Conference win Wednesday evening.
Emily Griffith scored 18 points to lead LMU (12-7, 8-4 SAC) in scoring as the senior also had five rebounds and five assists. Lindsay Proffitt had a career-high 17 points, including a perfect 4-4 from three-point range, while Rachel Griffith chipped in 14 points.
LMU hit 37.7 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and out-rebounded the Eagles 38-30.
Neither team was able to get much separation until mid-way through the 1st quarter, when Newsome scored six straight points to take an 11-7 lead. The Eagles then went on a run and shot out to the 11-18 lead before LMU fought back and cut the lead to three before C-N hit a basket as time ran out to lead 22-17 at the end of the quarter.
Baskets by Maxwell and Cameryn DuBose cut the lead to 24-22 early in the second quarter, but LMU then started having trouble with the Carson-Newman pressure which resulted in a 17-0 Eagle run. The Eagles extended the lead to as much as 19 points but back-to-back three-pointers by Proffitt and free throws by Rachel Griffith with two seconds remaining cut the lead to 50-34 at the half.
LMU began to chip away at the lead in the third quarter as they turned up their defensive pressure and forced six Eagle turnovers. Emily Griffith also heated up, scoring ten points of her team-high 18 points in the frame. LMU then closed out the period on a 16-4 run to trail 62-55 heading into the final stanza.
The Lady Railsplitters chipped away at the lead more in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 64-62 off an Emily Griffith jumper with 7:00 remaining. C-N then got a bucket and free throw by C-N's Kayla Marosites to pull out to five. LMU then cut it to three on three more occasions before the Eagles went on a late run and held off LMU for the 81-71 win.
Haris Price led Carson-Newman with 19 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Marosites' 17 points and 10 from Sydney Pearce.
LMU will return to the friendly confines of the Tex Turner Arena to host Queens in a SAC game this Saturday at 2 p.m.
-Emily Griffith has now been the leading scorer in nine of LMU's 19 games. Her sister Rachel has been the leading scorer in six games.