Sims, Booker Lead Lincoln Past McKendree
LEBANON, IL -- Freddie Sims led all players with 19 points while Dahlia Booker scored 17 as the Lincoln women's basketball team defeated McKendree, 69-60, on Saturday. Booker and Alicia Johnson each pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in the win, which improved the Blue Tigers to 4-2 on the season and 3-0 away from home.
Lincoln led for most of the afternoon, building a 43-28 halftime lead en route to the nine-point victory. The Bearcats scored the first points of the contest, and Lincoln forced three ties before a Jackeya Mitchell layup made the score 8-6, giving LU its first lead of the day. McKendree responded by making a three, but a trey by Roni Jefferson with 13:14 to play in the first half put Lincoln ahead for the rest of the game.
The Blue Tigers built a 19-point lead in the second half and led by as many as 17 with 7:50 remaining before McKendree (4-3) began one last run to try and get back in the game. The Bearcats outscored the Blue Tigers, 16-4, over the next seven minutes, but Sims ended the threat by hitting a three-pointer that put LU up, 67-59, with 43 seconds remaining. Arriana Walker made a pair of free throws to help ice the game as Lincoln gave up just one point at the charity strip to the Bearcats the rest of the way.
Lincoln converted 23 McKendree turnovers in 21 points and scored 15 off offensive rebounds while giving up just three second-chance points to MU. Lincoln also had good production from its bench, as LU's reserves scored 14 with nine total Blue Tigers scoring in the victory.
In addition to her game-high 19 points, Sims also tallied three rebounds, two steals and a pair of assists. Walker dished out seven assists, at least three more than any other player for either team, and scored eight with three rebounds and a steal. Jefferson had a team-best three steals while scoring five points with two assists while Mitchell finished with five points and five rebounds.
Quiessence Price came off the bench to score six points while notching two boards and an assist while Johnson, who had two blocks, an assist and a steal, also scored six. Kevona Neel chipped in two points while Nesha Wright added one point and four rebounds. Courtney Coulter contributed two assists.
The win marked the final non-conference game for Lincoln prior to conference play, as LU will open MIAA competition on the road next Wednesday. The first league opponent of the season for LU will be one of the MIAA's newcomers, Nebraska-Kearney, with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CST.