HARROGATE, Tenn. — A career high performance from junior Zara Pearson was not enough as the Wolves fell 77-63 at Lincoln Memorial on Saturday evening.
Lincoln Memorial (12-8, 11-5 SAC) controlled the game from the opening tip running out to a 20-5 lead in the opening seven minutes of the game. The Wolves (13-7, 9-7 SAC) saw the Lady Railsplitters’ lead reach as many as 21 points with just under five minutes remaining in the first period.
The Wolves cut into the lead temporarily as junior Haylee Lepaio hit a jumper with 3:36 to go, before senior Ellie Gleeson scored to cut the deficit to 17.
LMU pushed its lead back to 19 before the period ended on a 40-21 advantage for the Lady Railsplitters.
The second period opened with a 3-pointer from Pearson, but the Lady Railsplitters answered quickly and saw their lead reach 17 by the 17:29 mark.
Pearson scored four-straight points to cut the deficit to 13. It was at the 14:45 mark that Pearson’s three pulled the Wolves within single digits of Lincoln Memorial for the first time in the second half. Lincoln Memorial regained control of the game soon after Pearson’s three and pushed the lead to 22 with 6:48 remaining.
Newberry tried to cut the lead down as time ticked off the clock, but was unable to pull within more than 14 points before time expired on a 77-63 LMU victory.
Lepaio led Newberry with a double-double on 23 points and 11 rebounds. Pearson tallied a career high 21 points on the evening. Senior Tasia Holdorf finished the night with 11 points.
Lepaio’s 23 points move her past Monica Alexander at No. 10 in the career scoring top ten at Newberry. Lepaio now sits 29 points shy of Newberry Hall of Famer Peggy Barnes-Winder at No. 9.
Gleeson finished the night with seven assists, giving the Aussie 310 for her career.
Newberry hits the road on Wednesday for a scheduled 6 p.m. tip at Lenoir-Rhyne.