2017-12-06 / Sports

Saints falter late in loss to Wingate


Trailing by a point heading into the fourth quarter, the Limestone College women’s basketball team shot just 2-of-12 from the field in the final frame to drop a 63-47 non-conference decision to No. 14 Wingate University on Monday.

Aaliyah Davis recorded 11 rebounds and six blocks to go with six points, while Keidra Smith finished with 10 points and nine boards and Jasmine Richardson tallied 11 points, six rebounds and five steals for the Saints.

Despite the cold-shooting effort, Limestone nearly overcame a 10-point, first-half deficit by outscoring the home team 19-11 in the third quarter. Clinging to a one-point lead heading into the fourth, Wingate put the Saints away in the final frame as it scored 12 of its 20 points in the quarter at the charity stripe.

A three-ball and a fast break score by Richardson bookended a pair of up-and-under baskets by Davis to highlight a 12-6 stretch as the Saints closed the gap to 38-35 with 2:55 left in the third quarter.

Wingate hit a three-pointer on the other end to briefly halt the momentum, but a long distance connection by Aliya Ruffin from the corner keyed a 7-2 run to close the period. Smith capped the run with back-to-back inside scores as Limestone pulled to within 43- 42 at the end of the third.

The Bulldogs delivered the opening salvo of the fourth on a backdoor layup, keying a 5-0 run over the first 3:23 of the period to extend the margin to 48-42.

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