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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 Three Game Winning Streak Stopped at Belmont Abbey

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball team saw their three game winning streak snapped as the Bears fell at Belmont Abbey 65-59 on Tuesday afternoon. Tilda Lindstrom had her first career double-double as she finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bears. LR will now take their holiday break and will return to play at King on December 30th.

The Crusaders scored the first six points of the game as LR did not get their first basket until 4:37 left in the first quarter. Bears did not have a lead in the first ten minutes. LR tied it at nine before Belmont Abbey scored 6 of the last 8 points of the quarter. Crusaders opened a double-digit lead in the second period but Alexandra Merceron and Maleiya Hill scored back to back baskets to close the first half and cut the lead to 31-25.

An 8-0 run by the Bears give them their first lead of the day at 40-38 after another basket by Merceron. Harman’s basket with 1:42 left in the third was the last points scored in the third quarter as LR took a two-point lead into the fourth. LR had their largest lead at 56-51 with 3:52 left before Belmont Abbey went on a 12-0 run to steal the game. The Bears missed six straight shots during the Crusaders’ run while Belmont Abbey hit their last seven free throws to ice the game.

Blaikley Crooks is now 51 points away from 1,000 in her career. Lindstrom scored her 19 points on 7-10 shooting. Merceron joined Lindstrom in double-digits as she had 10 points. Crooks had 9 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks on the afternoon. LR only shot 5 free throws in the whole game while Belmont Abbey shot 14, including 11 in the fourth quarter.

Despite being just 46 miles apart, this is the first match up between programs since the 2019-20 season. Bears have now lost four straight games to Belmont Abbey. It has been ten years since the Bears won at Belmont Abbey. This was the Bears second road loss as LR falls to 4-2 on the road.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 7-4 overall on the season. The Bears will return from the holiday break with a trip to King on December 30th.