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Brandi Hudson
Brandi Hudson scored 19 points for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Falls to Wingate

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team had no answer for the red-hot Bulldogs as Wingate shot a scorching 71% from the floor including 11-of-15 from beyond the arc to take care of the Bears 92-64. It was the first time the Bears have given up 90-plus points since March 4, 2020. Brandi Hudson scored 19 points to lead the Bears as LR will head to Tusculum on Saturday looking to snap their three-game losing streak.

The Bears shot 50% in the first quarter, including a pair of three-pointers. However, the Bulldogs were even hotter, shooting at a 57.1% clip to open the game including 4-5 from long range. Wingate lead for all but 19 seconds in the quarter. Emily Harman had seven of the Bears 15 points in the quarter. 57.1% ended up being the worst shooting quarter of the game for the home team.

Wingate put on a shooting clinic in the second quarter as the Bulldogs shot 84.6% in the quarter including a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. Wingate scored 31 points in the quarter. The Bears came into the game only allowing their opponents to shot 27% from three but Wingate made ten of eleven in the first half tonight as the Bulldogs opened up a 25 point lead during the quarter and a 54-29 lead at intermission.

Wingate’s Emily Hege lead all scorers with 16 points in the half while Harman had nine points for the Bears.

BrandI Hudson scored 11 straight points for LR but the Bears could not cut into the Wingate lead in the third quarter as each team scored 20 points. After shooting 84% in the second quarter, Wingate cooled off a little in the second half but still shot 72.7% in both the third and fourth quarters as the Bears could not muster any long scoring runs.

Hudson had 17 points in the second half to finish with 19 points to lead the Bears. With Wingate shooting so well, the Bears only had nine defensive rebounds on the night.

Harman and Blaikley Crooks joined Hudson in double figures. Azariah Fields added eight points and five assists. Hudson went a perfect 7-7 from the free-throw line.

It was the first time an opponent has scored 90 points in the last 69 games. Carson-Newman went over the 100-point mark in the SAC Quarterfinals in 2020. The Bears have now lost eight straight games at Cuddy Arena.

The last time a team shot over 50% from beyond the arc was Wingate on December 13, 2019 when the Bulldogs went 7-for-11 from three.

Emily Harman had 13 points and now is only 55 points away from 1,000 career points. Megan Landsiedel returned to the lineup after missing the last five games due to injury.

The Bears are 18-5 overall, 8-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will conclude their three game road trip with a date with Tusculum on Saturday. Tip-off is schedule for 2:00 PM.