Livingstone women fall to Lincoln, 68-61

Published 11:40 pm Saturday, December 7, 2019

Staff report

SALISBURY — Lincoln University used a big third quarter to defeat Livingstone, 68-61, in women’s college basketball action here Saturday afternoon at New Trent Gym.

Trailing at halftime, 34-27, the Lions exploded for a 27-8 third period, building a 12-point lead.

Livingstone (3-4, 1-2 CIAA) rallied late in the game, pulling to within three points at 64-61, with 39 seconds left, but Lincoln (8-1, 3-0 CIAA) got two free throws each from Joy Morton and Bryanna Brown in the final 15 seconds, securing the victory.

Lincoln, off to its best start in program history, saw all five starters reach double-figure scoring — Kwanza Murray (16), DeAshia Young (14), Alisia Machado (12), Skydajah Patterson (10) and Brown (10). Machado also led all rebounders with 11 boards.

The Blue Bears, trailing, 19-14, after the first quarter, outscored Lincoln, 20-8, in the second period. Guards Darra Walker and Daijah Turner got hot from the outside, sparking Livingstone to its halftime advantage.

The Lions, however, connected on five of their first six shots after intermission, taking a 37-36 lead. The visitors really never trailed again.

The fourth period began with Lincoln in front, 54-42, but the Blue Bears’ pressure defense did make things interesting late. LC forced three straight turnovers and when Walker nailed a 3-pointer at the :39-mark, it was suddenly 64-61.

But Lincoln hit the clutch free throws down the stretch to ice the contest.

Turner led the Blue Bears with 15 points while Daisa Harris followed with 14 points and Walker added 12 — all on 3-pointers.

Lincoln shot 48 percent from the floor (24-of-50), compared to just 36.5 percent (23-of-63) for the Blue Bears.

The Lions may have won the game at the foul line, sinking 18-of-26, while Livingstone made just 6-of-10 at the charity stripe.

Lincoln survived 27 turnovers during the contest, while LC committed 22 miscues.

Livingstone returns to action on Monday, traveling to CIAA foe Fayetteville State for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

LINCOLN (68) — Patterson 10, Machado 12, Brown 10, Young 14, Murray 16, Irwin, King, Lilly, Spencer, Cheeks, Hinton 3, Morton 3.

LIVINGSTONE (61) — Turner 15, Harris 14, Allen 9, Walker 12, Campbell 5, Onozie 6, Papakonstantinou.

Lincoln             19      8    27    14 — 68

Livingstone     14    20     8    19 — 61