Bishop Women Down Lyndon State, 67-57

Samantha Urquhart

Rocky Mount, N.C. - The North Carolina Wesleyan women's basketball team picked up a 67-57 victory over visiting Lyndon State on Friday afternoon in Everett Gymnasium. The win was the fourth of the season for the Bishops, who climb to 4-3 overall and have now equaled their win total from a year ago. Junior Samantha Urquhart paced Wesleyan with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The first half saw five ties and 11 lead changes before the Bishops could pull away and forge a 12-point halftime advantage. Trailing by one point at 18-17 with just over seven minutes left in the period, sophomore Linesha Tinsley came off the bench to knock down back-to-back three-pointers to give Wesleyan a lead it would not relinquish.

Tinsley's treys sparked a 21-10 run to close out the half, giving NCWC a 39-27 lead at the break.

In the second half, the Bishops shot just 29 percent from the floor, which allowed the Hornets to get as close as three points at 55-52 with 6:21 remaining.  A pair of Urquhart free throws, however, put the Bishops back up by five and ignited a 12-5 NCWC run that saw the Hornets commit five crucial turnovers.

Wesleyan went 6-for-8 at the charity stripe during the stretch that was capped by a Tiffany Bell lay-up at the 1:23 mark, providing the final margin of victory. 

Bell joined Urquhart in double figures with a team-high 13 points, while sophomore point guard Kourtney Salisbury dished out six assists. As a team, the Bishops collected 16 steals and shot a solid 73 percent at the free throw line.

For Lyndon State, Donna Lawson finished with a game-high 20 points. Naomi White added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets, who held a slight 43-42 advantage on the boards.

Wesleyan returns to USA South Conference play next Wednesday when Christopher Newport visits Rocky Mount. Tip-off is slated for 5:30pm in Everett Gymnasium.