Lincoln Lions Punch Ticket to Women's Quarterfinals with 76-58 Victory Over Livingstone Blue Bears
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Women's Basketball Championship Tournament saw Lincoln (Pa.) University defeat the Blue Bears of Livingstone College 76-58, in the second game of the tournament at the Bojangles' Coliseum on Tuesday.
The Lions of Lincoln (Pa.) University, the No. 3 seed in the Northern Division, continued their impressive run in 2017-18 improving to 17-10 and will face the No. 2 seed in the Southern Division, Johnson C. Smith University, on Thursday at the Spectrum Center. Livingstone closes the book on their season at 6-21.
Livingstone's Taylor Perkins led all scorers with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Shahra Madison (16), Brianna Logan (13), and Shecquan Bailey (10) scored in double-figures to lead the balanced scoring attack for Lincoln (Pa.)
Both teams had to shake off their CIAA Tournament jitters as Lincoln (Pa.) led Livingstone 10-9 after the opening 10 minutes of action in a cold shooting first quarter. The teams were a combined 6-34 (17.6%) from the floor.
The back-and-forth battle continued as Livingstone converted 4-4 from the charity stripe to take a 13-10 lead just a minute into the quarter. Lincoln (Pa.) battled back to take an 18-15 advantage following a DeeDee Irwin three-pointer midway through the quarter.
The Blue Bears took the advantage back from the Lions on a Taylor Perkins jumper with 2:54 remaining. Livingstone would take a 27-25 lead into the break.
Lincoln would take hold of the contest in the second half outscoring Livingstone 25-12 in the third quarter. The Lions used an 8-3 run to take the lead, 33-30, and never relinquish.
The Blue Bears attempted to chip away at the deficit but the Lions answered at every turn as Michelle Fitzgerald gave the Lions a double-figure lead into the final quarter, 50-39.
The Lions maintained their double-figure lead in the fourth quarter. Blue Bears' Taylor Perkins scored the final nine points for Livingstone but was not enough as Lincoln's (Pa.) lead was too large.