Lady Railsplitters Fall At Southern Indiana 86-78
November 24, 2009
EVANSVILLE, IN -- Despite several second-half runs to close the gap, the Lincoln Memorial University women's basketball team was unable to overcome the Southern Indiana lead in an 86-78 loss Tuesday evening.
LMU (1-2) came out of the gates strongly, pushing out to an early lead. An 11-0 run by the Eagles helped push USI (5-2) out to the 53-30 lead at the half.
The second half saw the Lady Railsplitters outscore the Eagles 48-33. Several runs allowed LMU to chip away at the lead but time ran out before they were able to overcome the deficit.
LMU was led by Amberly O'Dell (Argos, IN) with 21 points, including five three-pointers. Blandine Kikwiki Mamuku (Kinshasha, D.R. Congo) chipped in a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds while Dayshalee Salaman (Carolina, PR) added in 13 points.
USI was led by Ellen Young's () 21 points. Rinesha Soaper () added in 18 points and Abby Williams () scored 14 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
LMU outshot the Eagles from the field, hitting 50 percent of their shots compared to USI's 46 percent shooting. The Lady Railsplitters also won the battle of the boards, outrebounding USI 41-35.
The Lady Railsplitters return home after a short Thanksgiving break to face Mount Olive on Nov. 28 at 2 p.m in the Turner Arena. USI faces St. Francis on Saturday in the Bellarmine Holiday Classic in Louisville.