The No. 4-ranked Lindsey Wilson women’s basketball team hosts Hiwassee (Tenn.) in a non-conference matchup on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT.
The Blue Raiders shook off a slow start to defeat Fisk (Tenn.), 74-51, on Tuesday, improving to 20-0 on the season.
Lindsey Wilson took its first lead of the night at the 3:47 mark of the first quarter and led 15-11 at the end of the first period.
The Blue Raiders built a 25-14 lead early in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs worked to shrink the deficit, pulling to within five points with 3:20 remaining in the half.
Despite the cold start, Lindsey Wilson carried a 31-25 edge into the break. The Blue Raiders shot just 31.4 percent in the first half
Lindsey Wilson sprinted out of the blocks following intermission, scoring the first seven points of the third quarter. In less than four minutes time, the Blue Raiders built a 15-point advantage and never looked back.
The offense found its footing in the second half, shooting 55.2 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.
Chanel Roberts scored a game-high 21 points for the Blue Raiders on 8-of-14 shooting. This season, the senior ranks ninth in NAIA Division I in field goal percentage, shooting 56.5 percent from the field.
Malerie Martin stuffed the box score with six points, five assists and a game-high 10 rebounds. As a team, the Blue Raiders out-rebounded Fisk 44-29 and hold a plus-9.7 rebounding margin on the year – the fifth-best mark in the DI.
Hiwassee (13-3) defeated Columbia International (S.C.), 58-57, on Wednesday on a last-second three-point shot by Halei Lequire.
The game-winning shot counted for three of Lequire’s 11 points on Wednesday. Valerie Cheek led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points.
Hiwassee shot just 27.6 percent against Columbia International, including 22.2 percent in the second half. The Tigers’ eight made three pointers, coupled with an 18-9 advantage in made free throws, helped Hiwassee overcome a poor shooting night.
Thursday marks the third all-time meeting between the two programs. Lindsey Wilson won both games last season by an average of 36.5 points.