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

LR Women’s Basketball Defeats Limestone at Home

After the Saints scored the first basket of the game, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball team scored the next 16 points as LR opened a 24-7 lead after ten minutes as the Bears took home the 71-60 victory Saturday afternoon inside Shuford Arena. The Bears had five players in double figures, led by Emily Harman 18 points while Mikeba Jones was one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. The win was the Bears tenth SAC win of the season.

Limestone scored the first basket of the game but it was the Bears who scored the next 16 points. After opening a 17-point lead after ten minutes, the Bears only shot 17% in the second quarter as Limestone held the Bears to seven points and cut the lead to 31-21 at half. Harman had 12 points in the first half while Tilda Lindstrom had eight points in the opening twenty minutes.

After the Saints scored the first basketball of the second half, the Bears responded once again with a 13-3 run to open an 18-point lead. With 66% shooting from the floor in the third quarter the Bears opened a 20 point lead after three quarters. LR did not allow the Saints to make a run early in the 4th quarter as LR grew their lead to 27 with 7:16 left before the Saints made a late push but could not cut the lead into single digits before time expired as LR takes this one 71-60.

Crooks, Lindstrom and Jayda Glass each had 11 points on the afternoon. Crooks added eight rebounds and five assists to her box score. Jones and Glass each had three steals for the Bears. Bears had only eight turnovers on the night. LR moved to 4-1 when they have ten or less turnovers this season.

This was the Annual Play4Kay game as the Bears wore pink uniforms in honor. This is the first time the Bears have swept the Saints in the season series as SAC foes. This is the first win in Hickory against Limestone since the 2011 season. Emily Harman moved past Madi Suddreth for 9th all-time in scoring in program history in the first half. Harman also moved past Donna Elrod for 6th most assists all-time with her six. Crooks becomes the 16th player in program history to eclipse the 1100 point mark.

The Bears are 15-6 overall, 10-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will have their first home midweek conference game of the season as Anderson comes to town on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 from the Shu.