Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln women’s basketball team shot .431 from the field and forced 11 turnovers en route to a 61-57 home win over Northeastern State on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 14).
The victory was the second-straight for Lincoln, which defeated Rogers State on Thursday night, as well as the Blue Tigers’ third win in their last four games. The win was the first for LU over Northeastern State since 2016-17, and also marks the first time that the Blue Tigers have won two-consecutive MIAA games since Feb. 11 and Feb. 14 of 2017.
Ashlyn Alloway led Lincoln (5-11, 3-7 MIAA) with 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Le’Yanna McGinnis had 11 points, six boards and a pair of blocks. The Blue Tigers blocked six shots in the contest and allowed Northeastern State (5-10, 2-9 MIAA) to shoot just .333 for the ballgame. Lincoln also scored 12 of its points off NSU turnovers, compared to just three points off turnovers for the RiverHawks.
Lincoln jumped out to a 9-2 lead, but Northeastern State came back to tie the game at 11. After a three-pointer allowed NSU to take the lead, Lincoln ended the quarter by scoring six-straight points to take a 21-16 lead. LU would extend its lead to 35-28 at halftime, and the Blue Tigers later led by as many as 10 in the third quarter.
The RiverHawks rallied, ultimately pulling to within 57-55 with 1:56 remaining in the contest. NSU had a chance to take the lead on its next possession, but Alloway grabbed the rebound after a missed three-pointer, and hit a jumper to make it a two-possession game on the other end of the court. Alloway also collected the rebound on Northeastern State’s next attempt, and Jackson essentially sealed the win by making two shots at the free throw line, part of an .889 performance for LU at the charity stripe.
Jackson had four points, two assists and a block, and Kelsey Mitchell provided 10 points and three rebounds. Aliyah Bello had five points, four boards and a pair of assists and Saniya Simmons finished with five points and four assists.
Ayreona Carter came off the bench to pull down two rebounds while AJ Bradley added six points, an assist and a steal to the winning effort. Miriam Bazylewicz rounded out the Blue Tigers with six points, five boards and a team-high three blocks.
Lincoln will be on the road for its next three games, starting on Thursday (Jan. 19) with a 5:30 p.m. CST game in St. Joseph, Mo. against Missouri Western.