The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team took a two point lead into halftime in the first round of the SAC Tournament but Limestone used a big second half to end the Bears season with a 63-49 loss at Timken Center. Kennedy Weigt led the Bears with 12 points in the season finale.
In the first half, LR’s defense held Limestone to 10% shooting (1-10) in the first quarter but could not take advantage as the Bears shot 21% themselves.
After the first quarter ended at eight apiece, the Bears went on an 8-0 run to start the second quarter. A three by Kennedy Weigt then five straight points from Emily Harman pushed LR ahead. The Bears opened three eight-point leads but each time the Saints came right back with 6-0 runs and then cut the halftime lead to two. Harman and Weigt had 10 points each in the half. The duo was 4-8 from long range in the half.
The third quarter was all Saints as they used a 24-10 run to open a 12 point lead after thirty minutes of play. The Saints shot 69% from the floor in the quarter including 3-3 from long range.
The fourth quarter was back-and-forth but as soon as the Bears cut the led to ten, the Saints went on a 5-0 run to end the Bears chances at the comeback. The Bears were held to seven field goals in the half and went 1-7 from long range. LR did have the advantage on the glass 38-29 but the Bears committed three more turnovers on the afternoon.
Emily Harman finished one rebound away from a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Bears outscored the Saints 19-3 from the bench but the LR bench players shot 7-28 from the field.
Hanna McClung returned after an 11-game absence. McClung went scoreless but added an assist in her eleven minutes of action. With two three-pointers today, Weigt will finish her career with 198 three-pointers, most in school history.
The game was Limestone’s first SAC Tournament game. The Saints joined the SAC this year after their long run in Conference Carolinas.
Three of the five Bears starters did not even play in the first matchup. Nakia Hooks, Alyssa Wagner and Ashley Woodroffe were all unavailable for the earlier game this season.
The Bears fall to 1-7 in their last eight SAC tournament games.
L-R’s season ends at 6-14 overall, 6-12 in South Atlantic Conference play.