SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A late surge by Flagler enabled the host Saints to take the lead and hold off a late LMU rally as the Lincoln Memorial women's basketball team fell 78-70 to Flagler in the season opener Friday evening.
The loss drops the Lady Railsplitters to 0-1 on the season. They will take on Georgia Southwestern Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
Sydney Duggins and Maggie Jachimczuk led the way for LMU as both had career high scoring performances on the evening. Duggins had 16 points to go along with five rebounds while Jachimczuk had 14 points. Rachel Griffith chipped in 12 points and three steals. Lexi Kiser had a team-high seven rebounds in her LMU debut.
Flagler was led by Kierra Crane's 26 points. Malaysia Robinson chipped in 16 points while Dayuna Johnson and Tabitha Odabe each had 12 points. Odabe also had a game high 10 rebounds.
LMU held an early lead before a pair of three pointers by Crane sparked a run that put the Saints ahead by seven. A Duggins lay-up cut it to one late in the period before Flagler pulled back out to a 21-17 lead at the end of the first stanza.
Five quick points by Rachel Griffith and a Jachimczuk basket tied the game up at 24-24 with 6:28 left in the half. Back to back treys by Duggins then gave LMU a 30-24 lead with a little over four minutes remaining. The Saints would chip away at the lead, cutting it to 33-31 at the half.
Both teams came out blazing in the third quarter, which saw four ties and four lead changes before a Sydney Newsome three-pointer with 4:14 remaining put LMU ahead 49-43. Flagler would cut the lead to 51-49 with less than a minute remaining before a pair of Duggins free throws gave the Lady Railsplitters a four point 53-49 cushion heading into the final stanza.
The teams would tie twice and change leads on several occasions in the fourth quarter before a Robinson three-pointer put the Saints ahead for good with 6:08 remaining. LMU would cut the lead to one twice over the next minute until some key Lady Railsplitter turnovers enabled Flagler to pull out to an eight point lead with less than two minutes remaining. LMU managed down the stretch to cut the lead to six but could get no closer as Flagler held on for the 78-70 win.