Mountain Athlete continues to turn heads at LMU

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Lincoln Memorial University senior guards Emily and Rachel Griffith have been named to the All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team, and freshman Lindsay Proffitt has been named to the SAC All-Freshman Team. Conference officials released the team Thursday morning.

Identical twins Emily and Rachel Griffith stay true to their identical nature as both are on the same team. The stat lines for the natives of Oliver Springs, Tennessee, are very similar, with Emily averaging 16.8 points a game this season, while Rachel is averaging 13.7 points a game. Rachel co-leads the team in three-point shooting with Proffitt as both have hit 40 three-pointers this season. Emily recently surpassed the 1,000 point mark, while Rachel is at 880 career points.

Both Griffiths are close in free throw shooting as well, with Emily hitting 80.2 percent while Rachel is hitting 80.0 percent, with Rachel hitting 126 and Emily hitting 93. Emily leads the team in assists with 3.5 a game while Rachel has 3.2, and in steals Emily leads the team with 1.8 and Rachel right behind her with 1.7. Emily ranks fourth in rebounds with 4.2 a game, while Rachel has 3.3 a game.

Emily Griffith ranks third in the SAC in made field goals; fourth in points and points per game; fifth in assists; and ninth in steals. Rachel ranks third in made free throws; sixth in assists; seventh in assist to turnover ratio; and ninth in points.

Eastern Kentucky has long been known for having players who are great shooters, from Maci Morris and Blaire Green at Kentucky to Whitney Creech at WKU to LMU's own Debbie Green, Karra Jackson, and Hillary Ross. Lindsay Proffitt is continuing that tradition at LMU as she earns SAC All-Freshman team laurels as well as earning recognition as the conference's statistical leader in three point percentage.

Proffitt is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with senior Dasia Maxwell at 7.0 points per game and has 204 points thus far this season. She has hit 40 three pointers at a 44.9 percent clip, which leads the SAC in percentage. She also leads the team in free throw percentage, hitting 93.6 percent for the season to date. Her sharpshooting skills from the line helped lead the Lady Railsplitters past Carson-Newman in the SAC Tournament quarterfinal round Wednesday evening as she hit four straight free throws in the waning seconds to seal LMU's 80-77 overtime win.

LMU will travel to Greenville, South Carolina this weekend for the semifinal and championship rounds of the Pilot Flying J SAC Basketball Championships, which are held at Timmons Arena on the Furman University campus. First up is Wingate in the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

2018-19 South Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball All-Conference

First Team
Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson
Haris Price, Carson-Newman
Meg Essex, Newberry
Ace Easter, Anderson
Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman
Caroline Averette, Wingate

Second Team
Shelby Britten, Newberry
Emily Griffith, Lincoln Memorial
Mia Long, Tusculum
Madi Suddreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
Madison Baggett, Anderson
Rachel Griffith, Lincoln Memorial

Honorable Mention
Lade Adepoju, Queens
Kendrea Duke, Tusculum
Danasia Witherspoon, Wingate
Kendall Toineeta, Lenoir-Rhyne
Yolizma Cupidan, Tusculum​​​​​​​
Addison Byrd, Carson-Newman

All-Freshman
Jo Snow, Wingate
Madeline Hardy, Lenoir-Rhyne​​​​​​​
Lindsay Proffitt, Lincoln Memorial
Jaleah Goff, Queens
Saquita Joyner, Coker

Player of the Year
Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson

Freshman of the Year
Jo Snow, Wingate

Defensive Player of the Year
Mia Long, Tusculum

Coach of the Year
Jonathon Barbaree, Anderson