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Emily Harman
Emily Harman had 24 points to pace the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Wins Home Opener

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball team scored all fifteen points in the 4th quarter as the Bears held Mount Olive scoreless in the final frame as LR won their home opener 60-42 from Shuford Arena on Wednesday evening. Emily Harman had 17 points to pace the Bears as Harman added six steals and four assists. Jalen Gathers added 13 points for LR.

Mount Olive lead throughout the first quarter as both teams shot 41% from the field in the first ten minutes. Gathers hit a pair of free-throws with :33 seconds left to give the Bears their first lead of the game.

However it was short lived as the Trojans scored a late basket to tie it heading into halftime. The Trojans keep a lead most of the quarter despite shooting just 23% in the second quarter.

An 8-0 run to open the second half gave the Trojans their biggest lead of the game with 7:41 left in the third. Bears then counter and went a 12-0 run to take their second lead of the day a lead they held for the rest of the contest.

Mount Olive did cut the lead into three heading into the final frame however that would be the end of the scoring for the Trojans on the night. Bears held the Trojans scoreless in the last quarter as Mount Olive shot 0-17 in the frame as the Bears shot 40% in the quarter to cruise to a 60-42 victory.

Andrea Torres went 3-7 from long range to score 9 points off the bench as LR had 22 bench points compared to just 8 for Mount Olive. Tilda Lindstrom had 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in 36 minutes of action.

The Bears turned the ball over 21 times but forced 24 turnovers. Harman had six of the Bears 12 steals while Megan Landsiedel, Maleiya Hill and Gathers had two each as well.

The Bears are now 4-0 against Mount Olive including a pair of wins in the last two seasons. This is the first trip to Hickory for the Trojans since 2017.

Early in the season, The Bears are 9th in the nation at 89.5% (34-38) from the free throw line. However, the Bears are 1st among teams with more than 30 attempts.

This contest started a sting of four straight against Conference Carolinas teams.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 2-1 on the early season. The Bears will face Francis Marion on Tuesday in Shuford Arena. Tip-off is schedule for 5:30 PM.