Simpson's Three-Point Play Lifts Trojans Past Lincoln MemorialFebruary 16, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson guard Sierra Simpson’s traditional three-point play with 11 seconds remaining lifted, the Anderson women’s basketball team to a 57-55 win past Lincoln Memorial in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center.
Anderson (17-7, 11-3 SAC) swept the season series past the Lady Railsplitters and stayed atop the league standings with its second straight win, while Lincoln Memorial (13-11, 6-8 SAC) had its win streak halted at three.
The Lady Railsplitters had rallied from a 52-47 deficit on the strength of an 8-2 run over the final five minutes to claim a brief 55-54 edge on a layup by junior guard Kalasia Green just moments before, but Simpson dropped in a driving layup – her second basket of the afternoon – and added a free throw after drawing a foul.
Green managed a desperation shot before the buzzer but missed the mark as AU claimed the Senior Day victory.
Anderson’s Alissa Diaz led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field, while adding a game-high four assists and recorded three steals. Senior guard Amanda Parris added 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc and swiped five steals. Senior forward Breonda Shannon recorded a team-high eight rebounds, while Tilde Ahlin pulled down seven boards.
Green finished with 15 points to lead the Lady Railsplitters attack.
Neither team led by more than eight points in a contest that featured eight ties and 10 lead changes.
Trailing 13-8 at the 11:16 mark of the opening half, Diaz scored nine of her points in a five-minute span to fuel a 12-3 run by the Trojans. Parris also added one of her game-high five 3-pointers during the outburst, as AU took a 20-16 lead.
But Lincoln Memorial responded with eight unanswered points to take a 24-20 advantage at intermission and scored the first four points of the second half to push out to a 28-20 lead inside the first two minutes.
The Trojans refused to surrender, outscoring LMU, 13-5, over the next six minutes to knot the score for the fourth time of the afternoon at 33 apiece, and neither team led by more than two possessions over the final 13 minutes.
Anderson will get back on the hardwood Wednesday at Wingate. Tip-off versus the Bulldogs is slated for 6 p.m.