SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -
The Shippensburg University women's basketball team was unable to close out visiting Lincoln on Wednesday night, as the visiting Lions made a pair of free throws in the final five seconds and a late defensive stand to deny the Raiders, 77-76, in a non-conference affair from Heiges Field House. Shippensburg (4-4) overcame a halftime deficit with a 12-2 run midway through the third quarter to lead by nine points, 55-46, with 11:41 left to play. It was the next-to-last lead change in a game that featured nine of them, along with eight tie scores. Lincoln (3-5) continually chipped away, however - tying the score with 4:08 remaining, and keeping within one possession through the remainder of the game. A lay-up got the Lions within a point with 44 seconds left, and a subsequent turnover gave the visitors possession with the shot clock eventually turned off. With four seconds left, Deja Reynolds was fouled in the act of shooting and made both free throws. After a timeout to advance the ball, SU's potential game-winning shot was no good as the horn sounded. Sophomore paced the Raiders with 30 points, marking her third 30-point game of the season and the eighth of her career. Jones made a career-high six three-pointers in the game and was 8-of-10 at the free-throw line. Freshman posted her fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Green had five offensive rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Freshman had eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds, finishing 3-of-6 from the floor. Pettis remains the PSAC's leading rebounder, with Green ranking third in the conference. Sophomore scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and recorded a career-high seven assists - playing all 40 minutes. Gordy assisted four of SU's eight three-pointers - one by freshman and three by Jones. Mills finished with nine points and two assists. Lincoln got 44 points from its bench. Shakira Edwards paced the Lions with 23 points in 22 minutes on 9-of-14 shooting off the bench. Reynolds, also a reserve, was the only other Lion in double figures with 12 points including a 5-of-6 rate at the free-throw line. The visitors shot 65 percent (11-of-17) from the field in the fourth quarter to out-score the Raiders by nine in the final frame.
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