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Tilda Lindstrom
Tilda Lindstrom had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Stymied at Carson-Newman

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball team scored just twenty points in the second half as the Bears fell at Carson-Newman 64-57 on Saturday afternoon. Tilda Lindstrom had her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and ten rebounds in the loss. Bears shot just 22% from the floor in the second half as LR made just seven field goals in the final twenty minutes.

The home team jumped out to a 11-2 lead before the Bears scored 11 of the last 15 points in the first quarter. Second quarter saw the Bears tied the game at 21 before the Eagles scored the next 12 points to take a 33-21 lead with 5:31 left in the first half. LR closed the half with a three pointer by Blaikley Crooks to cut the lead to 40-37 however Crooks was held to just eight points on the afternoon. Lindstrom had 13 of her 15 points in the first half as Lindstrom connected all four of her three-pointers in the half.

The Bears only had three field goals in the third quarter while the Eagles connected on just five as the teams only combined for twenty third quarter points. After the Bears took their first lead of the day at 41-40, the Eagles scored the next ten points before Mikeba Jones layup cut the lead to 50-43 with :47 seconds left in the third. Jones scored again right before the end of the period as cut the Eagles lead to 53-45 after thirty minutes. LR cut the lead to five with 1:49 to go but the Bears missed their last three shots and could not get it any closer as the Eagles came away with a 64-57 win.

The Eagles assisted on 23 of their 26 baskets lead by nine from Makayla Alvery. Jones had 14 points and six rebounds for the Bears while Emily Harman had 12 points, four assists and four rebounds. Bears only had six bench points  while the Eagles had 17. There were only 17 combined free-throws in the game.

The Bears have lost six straight games inside Holt Fieldhouse. LR and C-N split the season series as LR won inside Shuford arena. Bears remain in second place but are now two games behind Catawba for first place. After today, the Bears play three straight at home and four of five to finish the regular season inside the Shu.

The Bears fall to 16-7 overall, 11-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. SAC leader Catawba comes to the Shu for a SAC showdown on Wednesday night. Tip-off is schedule for 5:30 PM.