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Emily Harman
Emily Harman had 24 points to pace the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Defeats Virginia-Wise at Home

Returning to the Shu after a five-game road trip, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball team defeated UVA Wise 76-68 to move to 5-1 in SAC play. Emily Harman and Tilda Lindstrom each had a double-double as Harman had 21 points and 12 assists while Lindstrom added 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Bears won six games in their last seven contests.

Both teams came out of the locker room hot as each team shot over 55% from the floor. However, it was the Bears leading 27-15 after ten minutes. The Cavaliers continued their hot shooting in the second quarter to cut the lead to 38-35 at halftime. Lindstrom led the Bears with 10 points in the first half as Crooks added 9 points. Bears hammered the offensive boards in the first half as LR had a 8-2 advantage leading to 11 second chance points.

The Cavaliers tied it at 43-43 with 7:01 left in the third quarter but Harman hit a jump shot to take a lead right back. The rest of the third quarter was played mostly within one possession as the Bears took a 53-52 lead into the 4th quarter. LR scored 10 of the first 14 points of the 4th quarter to storm out to a seven point lead with 5:58 left. Wise could not get any closer then five as the Bears won their fifth straight SAC contest.

Harman’s double-double was her first of the year and the 12 assists were a career high. Lindstrom tied a career high with ten rebounds as it was Lindstrom’s second double-double of the year. Crooks added 18 points and a career high seven steals. Crooks had more steals then UVA-Wise had as a team (5). Bears shot over .500 from long range for the third time this season as LR went 9-17 from the three-point line.

Days after snapping an eight game losing streak to Limestone, today the Bears snapped a five game losing streak to Wise. It has been 28 days since the Bears last home game inside Shuford Arena. Bears conclude the season playing eight of thirteen at home including today’s game. Blaikley Crooks is now three points away from 1,000 in her career. Crooks will look to cross the 1,000 point mark on Wednesday at Newberry.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 10-4, 5-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will travel to Newberry on Wednesday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 from South Carolina.