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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball team stormed out to a 30-11 halftime lead as the Bears won their second straight South Atlantic Conference contest with a 68-49 win over Mars Hill. Emily Harman scored a game-high 21 points while Blaikley Crooks was one point behind with 20 points. This was the Bears first of five straight on the road as LR will look for their third straight against Coker on Saturday.
The Bears scored 12 of the game’s first 14 points as LR held the Lions to two first quarter baskets. After the Lions scored first in the second quarter, the Bears went on a 9-0 run to open a 19-point lead. Crooks scored the last two baskets of the half as the Bears raced out to a 30-11 lead after 20 minutes.
Crooks and Harman scored the first three baskets of the second half as the duo combined for 41 points on the night. The lead grew to 25-points midway through the third quarter. LR finished the game shooting 50% in the fourth quarter as the Bears cruised to a 19-point win.
Mikeba Jones was one rebound shy of a double-double finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Tilda Lindstrom matched Jones with nine rebounds of her own while adding six points. The Bears defense forced 26 turnovers on the night as eight different Bears recorded a steal
Four of the last five games in the series have been played at Mars Hill. Harman picked up her 500th career rebound on Saturday against Emory & Henry. Crooks is now 74 points away from 1,000 in her career. This is the Bears longest road trip of the year. Bears will go 28 days without a home game.
The Bears are 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will head to Coker on Saturday for their last conference tilt of 2023. Tip-off is schedule for 2:00 PM.