Maggie Smith, Staff Writer
The Wingate Bulldogs beat the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears 56-46 at Cuddy Arena on Wednesday night to advance to the South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball semifinals.
Wingate has a 23-5 overall record, while Lenoir Rhyne ended their season with a 17-12 overall record.
Junior center Marta Miscenko had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Caroline Averette followed close behind, adding 15 points for the Bulldogs. Senior guard Shelby Tricoli also contributed six points, and senior guard Amber Neely added added five points with a game-high of five assists as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s sophomore forward Madi Suddreth had 18 points, and senior forward Alecia Bell contributed 12 points.
A key player for the Bulldogs, Danasia Witherspoon, was out with a knee injury.
The Bulldogs led the Bears 24-20 at the half. They were able to maintain a slight lead the whole game. L-R got as close as three points in the fourth quarter.
No. 3 seed Wingate will travel to Greenville, S.C. on Saturday to compete in the SAC Semifinals at 2 p.m. against seventh seed Catawba at Furman University. The Bulldogs are seeking a second consecutive SAC tournament championship.