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Mikeba Jones
Mikeba Jones led the Bears with 18 points.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Harman’s Buzzer Beater Sends Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball to Victory

Emily Harman game-winner shot with 4.2 seconds left gave the Bears the 59-57 victory over Mars Hill on Saturday afternoon inside the Shu. Harman scored the last five points of the game as the Bears had to comeback in the final quarter to get the win on Senior Day. Harman scored nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter while Mikeba Jones added 19 points to lead the Bears.

LR lead throughout the first half as Mars Hill did not lead at all but the Bears biggest run of the first half was five, which the Bears did twice. The game was tied twice in the first twenty minutes including at 27-27 with 1:27 left in the half then Harman hit a three-pointer at the left wing and Blaikley Crooks hit a turnaround jumper for that 5-0 run to take a 32-27 lead into the break. Tilda Lindstrom lead the Bears with ten points in the first half as Mars Hill’s Jadiyah Peoples had ten points to lead the Lions. Both teams struggled shooting from the floor to open the contest but heated up as LR shot 53% in the second quarter and Mars Hill 46%.

Maddie Gillie gave Mars Hill their first lead with a jumper with 6:22 left in the third quarter however the Bears took a 44-41 lead into the final frame. The second half saw six ties and four lead changes compared to just two tied in the first half. Bears took a seven point lead early in the fourth but Mars Hill stormed back to grab the lead for the second time after a 8-0 run with 3:34 left to go. Bears found themselves down 55-50 before Harman scored seven of the Bears final 9 points. After Gillie hit a couple of free throws to stretch the Lions lead to 57-54 with 1:06 to play. Harman drove in the lane and had an old-fashion three-point play to tie the game at 57-57. After a defense stop by the Bears, Harman took the ball and drove in for the game-winner layup with just 4.2 seconds left as Mars Hill shot at the buzzer for the tie came up short.

The Lions held a 42-29 advantage on the boards but only had 9 second chance points. Bears had seven players between 3 and 5 rebounds but no one had more than 5 rebounds. LR shot a season-low six free throws in the game. 59 points is the second lowest point total in a Bears win this season. Lindstrom had 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and a block.

The Bears has now won 19 straight game at home vs Mars Hill. LR swept the season series from Mars Hill. Blaikley Crooks and Harman played in their 99th career game.
Today was the 12th SAC win of the season after winning 11 last year and 10 during the 2021-22 season. The Bears honored their five seniors before the game in a special ceremony.

LR is now 18-7 overall, 13-4 in the South Atlantic Conference on the season. Coker comes inside the Shu on Wednesday night for a SAC match up. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 PM.