NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves held the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters scoreless for the final 5:16 of the game to earn a 56-48 South Atlantic Conference win in Eleazer Arena on Saturday.
The Wolves picked up their first home win of the season and moved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in SAC play while handing LMU its first loss in league play at 4-2 overall and 3-1 in conference action. The Wolves are off for finals week and next play on Saturday, December 7, at Anderson.
Haylee Lepaio led all scorers with 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.
Zara Pearson scored 11 points with four rebounds, Tasia Holdorf scored 10 points with five rebounds and Ellie Gleeson scored nine points with nine rebounds.
Aisjah Roan scored 12 points with four steals and three assists to lead Lincoln Memorial.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well in the first half, with the Wolves going scoreless for an eight-minute stretch after a Holdorf triple with 8:06 left in the half that put Newberry up 18-14.
LMU was only able to extend its lead to 22-18 and Lepaio scored three points in the final minute to cut the halftime margin to 22-21. Newberry shot only 32.0 percent (8-of-25) in the half but canned 2-of-3 three-point chances and 3-of-4 free throws. LMU made 32.4 percent (11-of-34) of its first half shots but missed all nine three-point chances and did not make it to the free throw line in the half.
The game went back and forth in the second half, but a Pearson triple at the 7:58 mark gave Newberry the lead for good. The Lady Railsplitters kept the game within two possessions and were down only 50-48 with 5:16 to play.
The Wolves would keep LMU off of the scoreboard from there, as the guests missed nine field goal attempts in the waning moments of the game. Newberry also was scoreless from the field, but made six free throws down the stretch to win.
Newberry made 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) of its field goals in the half and 3-of-6 three-point opportunities while going 12-of-18 (66.7 percent) at the charity stripe. LMU was 12-of-34 (35.3 percent) from the field and made 2-of-11 three-pointers (18.2 percent) and were scoreless (0-of-7) from the free-throw line.
For the game, Newberry made 32.1 percent (18-of-56) of its field goal attempts, 55.6 percent (5-of-9) three-point attempts and 68.2 percent (15-of-22) of its free throws. Lincoln Memorial made 33.8 percent (23-of-68) of its field goal attempts, 10.0 percent (2-of-20) three-pointers and none (0-of-7) of its free throws.