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LWC Women's basketball win streak comes to end

No. 2 Lindsey Wilson Women's Basketball suffers first loss of the season to No. 5 Shawnee State 89-73 before good crowd of 315 at Biggers.
Next: Lindsey Wilson Women's Basketball hosts Georgetown (KY) at 2pmCT, Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY. Senior Day. Final Day of Season. - Charles Balcom

By Charles Balcom
News from Lindsey Wilson College

No. 2 Lindsey Wilson Women's Basketball suffers first loss of the season to No. 5 Shawnee State 89-73

COLUMBIA, KY (23 Feb 2017) - The unbeaten season came to an end on Thursday night for the Lindsey Wilson women's basketball team as the Blue Raiders suffered an 89-73 setback to Shawnee State (Ohio) in a top-five matchup at Biggers Sports Center.

The second-ranked Blue Raiders (27-1, 12-1 Mid-South Conference) are now tied atop the MSC standings with No. 5-ranked Shawnee State (27-2, 12-1 MSC), with each squad having just one conference game remaining on the schedule.

Kayla Styles recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Chanel Roberts (13) and Malerie Martin (12) also went into double figures.

Shawnee State took early control of the game, maintaining the lead for the majority of the opening 20 minutes of play.

The Blue Raiders were playing catch up as Shawnee State led 10-4 out of the gate. Lindsey Wilson forced up contested shots on the first handful of possessions, allowing the Bears to build the gap. LWC finally took the lead for the first time after Martin knocked down a three to make it 14-13 at the 4:15 mark of the first quarter.

Shawnee State took the lead right back on the ensuing possession, eventually going ahead 17-14. Lindsey Wilson answered with a 7-0 run to go up 21-17, Teanna Curry and Martin each knocking down a set of free throws. The Bears hit a deep three to cut the lead down to one at 21-20 at the end of the quarter.

Shawnee State picked up where they left off at the end of the first, building upon their 4-0 run to score seven-straight points to start the second and take a 28-21 lead at the 6:35 mark. A J'Nayah Hall three finally ended the LWC drought. Lindsey Wilson continued to trail, trimming the lead to one after a quick-release three by Heidi Huffman from the corner following a steal by Roberts, one of three takeaways on the night for the senior. A Styles double-clutch layup cut the deficit to two at 38-36 with 2:31 to play.

But the Blue Raiders hit another dry spell as they were unable to score the remainder of the half and Shawnee State rolled off eight-straight points to take a double-digit, 46-36 lead into the break. LWC went 0-for-2 with two turnovers in that span.

The Blue Raiders were out-shot from the floor in the first half (45.9 to 34.4), and Shawnee State held the better percentage from deep, hitting 5-of-9 shots compared to 4-of-13 for LWC.

Shawnee State outscored Lindsey Wilson 22-14 in the paint in the first half and got 23 points from the bench, compared to LWC's 12 bench points.

Two quick baskets to start the third quarter trimmed the gap down to six at 46-40, but the Bears responded with a 22-10 run over the next seven minutes to build an 18-point lead with a minute to play in the third quarter. The quick Shawnee State guards continued to drive into the Blue Raider man-to-man defense and make acrobatic layups. When the Lindsey Wilson defense collapsed, the penetrators kicked to the excellent perimeter shooters who knocked down shot after shot from beyond the arc and the Blue Raiders found themselves trailing 68-52 entering the final quarter.

Despite their best efforts, Lindsey Wilson was unable to get stops when they needed them in the final quarter. The Blue Raiders also had to deal with a fresh Jonessa Moore, the nation's second-leading scorer, who sat the bench early due to foul trouble. The deficit proved too steep to overcome as the Blue Raiders suffered their first setback of the season.

Shawnee State outshot Lindsey Wilson 52.9 to 42.6 percent from the floor for the night and from three-point range, 53.3 to 30.0 percent.

Ashton Lovely, who scored just five points in the first meeting between these two teams, exploded for a game-high 19 points, including four made three pointers. Hannah Miller (13), Moore (10) and Jen Arnzen (10) all scored in double figures.

This story was posted on 2017-02-24 04:26:08
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