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Mikeba Jones
Mikeba Jones had 19 points.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

LR Women’s Basketball Gets By Emory & Henry

For the second straight season, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball team reached the 20-win mark as the Bears defeated the Wasps 68-63 on Saturday afternoon in their first ever trip to Emory, Va. Mikeba Jones kept her hot streak going as Jones had a huge double-double with 21 points and twelve rebounds. Jones has averaged 17.5 points and has scored in double digits in every game this calendar month.

The Wasps scored the first five points of the game which was the margin they were up after the first ten minutes. A Jalen Gathers layup give the Bears their first lead at 29-28 with 3:52 left in the first half. However the lead was short lived as the Wasps scored eight of the last ten points in the half to take a 36-31 lead in the break. Bears shot 31% from the floor in the first quarter while the Wasps shot 56% best while both teams shot north of 40% in the second quarter.

Back to back three-pointers by the Wasps Gracyn Hall gave Emory & Henry their biggest lead of the game at 42-33 with 7:59 left. Jones then went a 7-0 run of get the Bears with two at 42-40. Down three in the final 90 seconds of the third quarter, Blaikley Crooks scored four straight points and Emily Harman hit a jumper to give the Bears their biggest lead of the day and a three point lead heading into the final frame. Megan Landsiedel then hit back to back three pointers to open the 4th quarter as the Bears opened a six point lead. Hall got the Wasps within one with 2:27 left to play but the Wasps missed their next three shots and the Bears went 6-6 from the line in the final minute to hold on for the 68-63 win.

Crooks had 15 points and six rebounds while Harman had 14 points and five rebounds. LR shot 23-25 from the foul line while Emory & Henry went 4-7. Jones went 6-7 from the line while Crooks went 7-8. Harman added four steals as the Bears forced the Wasps in 21 turnovers.

This was the Bears first trip to Emory & Henry as the first two meetings were played in Hickory. Harman started her 100th career game. LR won their 20th game for the second straight season. Bears remain in second place in the SAC, one game behind Catawba. Bears are tied for first in the Southeast Region with the 20 wins.

The Bears are 20-7 overall, 15-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will have their home finale on Wednesday when rival Wingate comes into town. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 PM.