The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball team dropped a South Atlantic Conference game at home to UVA-Wise 68-45 on Wednesday evening. The game was the Bears first game of a back to back and their fifth game in ten days.
UVA-Wise raced out to a 19-11 lead after one quarter. The Cavaliers had seven steals in the first quarter off seven turnovers from the Bears. For Lenoir-Rhyne, Alyssa Wagner had seven first quarter points on three-of-three shooting. Seven points is one point of her season-high. A junior, Wagner got her first start of the season and her 27th career start as the Bears used their fourth different starting lineup in the last four games.
The first quarter saw no fouls called on either team. The first foul was not whistled until 5:22 left in the second quarter. The Cavaliers shot 53.3% in the first half with 26 of their 35 points coming from the paint.
UVA-Wise used 7-0 and 9-2 runs in the third quarter to open a 26 point lead after three quarters. The Bears struggled in the second half and were limited to five field goals on 15% shooting in the second half.
The teams combined to go 18-19 from the charity stripe on the night with the Bears going 9-9.
The Cavaliers out scored the Bears 42-20 in the paint and 11-4 on fast breaks. UVA-Wise also had 19-7 advantage on points from turnovers.
The Bears had twelve different players play at least five minutes and nine scored, but for the first time this season, no one reached double figures. Through three quarters, the Bears were 1-9 from long range and 2-15 in their last seven quarters. Tatum McBride (2) and Wagner did hit 4th quarters threes for the Bears.
Seven different Bears recorded a steal on the evening. 45 points is the least amount of points scored for LR since the calendar flipped to 2021.
With the win, the Cavaliers have swept the season series this year after the Bears swept the season series last year.
L-R drops to 4-12 overall, 4-11 in South Atlantic Conference play. LR will travel to Coker Thursday at 5:30 for their first back to back games since November 8th and 9th of 2019.