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Mikeba Jones
Mikeba Jones had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Drops Road Game at Wingate

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team went 1-20 from beyond the arc as the Bears fell 63-59 to Wingate on Wednesday evening. Mikeba Jones did have a career night with 23 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. The Bears did storm back from a double digit halftime deficit to retake the lead and had a 59-54 lead with 2:37 left but the Bulldogs scored the last nine points of the game to steal the game back from the Bears.

A back and forth first quarter until Wingate scored the last eight points of the quarter to storm out to a 19-13 lead after ten minutes. The Bears could not cut into the lead in the second quarter as Wingate’s Trinity Breedlove hits a jumper with :02 seconds left to give Wingate a 32-21 lead. LR shot just 29% in the first half including 1-12 from long range as Jones hit the Bears lone three pointer on the night.

The Bears stormed back in the third quarter as Emily Harman had back to back baskets to tie the game at 41 with 2:22 left in the third as Wingate did take a slight 44-43 advantage into the final period. LR finally took the lead on a jumper by Harman with 7:51 left to go as LR stretch their lead to five points on a few occasions. Harman drained another shot in the paint with 2:37 left to give the Bears a 59-54 lead but that was the last points of the night for the Bears. Wingate’s Emily Hege then hits back to back three-pointers to regain the lead for the Bulldogs as the Bears missed their final four shots on the night as Wingate take it 63-59.

Harman had 12 of her 16 points in the second half. The Bears only had seven free throws on the night, second lowest total of the season. Blaikley Crooks went 4-4 from the line but was held to a season low six points. It was just the third time all year Crooks was held to single digits. Wingate shot 52% from the floor on the night and 46% from three point while the Bears were 38% from the floor and just 5% from long range.

The Bears lost their ninth straight game at Cuddy Arena tonight. LR last won at Wingate on January 27th, 2016. However, the Bears will play six of their last eight regular season games at home after tonight as the Bears have not lost a SAC game at home this season.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 14-6 overall, 9-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. Bears will return home to host the annual Play4Kay game against Limestone on Saturday. Tip-off is at 2:00 PM from the Shu.