The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team snapped their 13 game road losing streak with a 72-61 win at Queens to end the regular season. Emily Harman had 29 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Bears, while Freedom High grad Blaikley Crooks had a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
The shooting stats were dead even in the first half as LR shot 44% and Queens shot 45% from the field. Both teams went 5-of-7 from long range in the half but the Bears held a 19-7 advantage on the boards. Thanks to the advantage on the glass, the Bears outscored the Royals 9-0 on second chance points.
The Bears used a 9-2 run to end the half and took a 33-28 lead in into the break.
After the Queens cut it to three points early in the third quarter, the Bears went on a 11-1 run to open a double-digit lead. The Bears took advantage of Queens shooting 16% from the floor in that third quarter.
LR opened a 14 point lead twice in the fourth quarter before the Royals made a little run. Queens cut the lead to six with 48 seconds left but the Bears hit 7-for-10 from the free throw line in the last minute.
The Bears were aggressive in the second half, getting to the charity stripe 20 times in the half including going 6-of-8 in the third quarter during their big run.
The Bears had a 24-11 advantage in scoring from the bench.
For the second straight game, Crooks set a new career-high in points. Crooks had 13 points on Monday and 14 points in this contest.
Nakia Hooks added nine rebounds on the night. The sophomore has 27 rebounds in her last three games.
Kiara Moore had a season-high seven points in 16 minutes of action tonight. Moore added five assists.
Kennedy Weigt hit her 196th career three-pointer.
The Bears earned their first win on the road this season as they finished 1-9 away from Shuford during the regular season.
Queens will end the regular season with an eleven game losing streak as the Bears swept the season series.
Harman and Tusculum’s Maddie Sutton are the only two players in the top 12 in the SAC in points, rebounds and assists per game.
The Bears are 6-13 overall and 6-12 in the South Atlantic Conference. The SAC Tournament begins Saturday for L-R, with first round action at Limestone. Tip-off is at 2:00 PM.