The Lady Railsplitters lost the first meeting 82-71 on the road and were looking to grab a bit of revenge. The Lady Splitters started off well but let the Lady Eagles go past on the scoreboard at 11-6 and forced head coach Stephanie Smith to call a timeout to slow the pace down. LMU got to within two before the 12-minute mark and then tied it on a Whitney Holmes lay up at 15. Dayshalee Salaman hit a three to give the Splitters the lead at 18-17. Patrice Talley and Destiny Williams also stayed busy helping to keep LMU ahead on the first half scoreboard. LaChelle Hyatt hit a basket in the paint that gave LMU a 4-point lead at 29-25 and the Splitters had a chance to add to the advantage and did so on a Salaman lay up. Williams pushed the LMU score out to 33 but the Lady Eagles worked hard down low and stayed close. Holmes stole the ball and scored giving LMU a 4-point lead again but each time they got ahead the Lady Eagles would respond. With less than a minute left in the opening half the Lady Eagles hit a three to go ahead 38-35. They followed it with five more and led at the half 43-35. Leading the Lady Splitters in scoring at the half was Salaman with 11-points. The game was tied 4-times in the first half and the lead was changed 5-times.
When the second half began the Splitters battled back and had the score down to 5-points at the 15-minute media timeout. Down 50-45, the Lady Splitters needed to make their move if they were to come back and pulled to within 2-points at 51-49. At 13:30 the game was tied at 53. In just 2-minutes the Lady Eagles led by seven. LMU fought back and tied it at 64 with 8:46 remaining and then took a 1-point lead. The game went back and forth for the next 2-minutes but around the 6-minute mark the Lady Eagles tried to pull away but the Lady Splitters rallied and tied it again this time at 72 and then took the lead at 74-72. LMU had a 2-point lead coming into the final 3-minutes but the Lady Eagles went to the stripe and got to within one. With 2-minutes to go LMU was now ahead by one at 80-79. At 1:54 the game was tied again and the Eagles went ahead by one on a free throw toss. LMU responded with one of their own to tie it this time at 81 all. Whitney Holmes got loose and hit LMU's biggest shot up to that point with 4.7 seconds to give LMU a 2-point lead at 83-81. LMU fouled on the ensuing play and the Lady Eagles knocked the free throws down to tie. LMU got a good look and missed a last second shot. The game went into overtime tied at 83. To start the overtime period the two rivals traded baskets. The Lady Splitters lost contact with the Lady Eagles in the overtime and got behind by 6-points but pulled to within four with 2-minutes remaining. At the end of the game LMU had fallen by a score of 97-91. Dayshalee Salaman finished the game strong and led the Lady Splitters with 33-points. Whitney Holmes added 20-points. Patrice Talley had 13-points and 8-rebounds. Kendra Holmes also scored in double figures with 11-points.
The men took the floor next and LMU was looking to sweep the series after handing the Eagles a solid defeat at their place earlier in the season. LMU took a 6-3 lead before the first timeout of the game behind the play of Desmond Johnson and Brandon Armstrong. D'Mario Curry got a basket and completed the “and one” to give the Splitters a 3-point lead and Cameron Carden gave them a 6-point lead on a long three. Leading 19-16 Carden hit yet another three and the score was 22-16. At 9:03 the game was tied at 22. Carden hit his third three of the night and Wally Jones followed it up with a basket in the paint to extend the lead to 27-22. Armstrong hit a three and pushed the score on out to 32-27. Carden hit his 4th three at 4:50 mark and after a defensive stop ran the floor and looked to get fouled by a Newman player on another three point shot. The officials did not call a foul and the Eagles scored on the other end. Despite all of the Splitters efforts to pull away the Eagles stayed within four. Justin Allen went to the stripe and added one to the LMU total. LMU had a 3-point advantage at 39-36 with 54.9 seconds left in the half. The half ended at 39-36 and the leading scorer for LMU was Carden with 12 all on threes. Two others had 8-points; Armstrong and Curry. The lead changed hands twice and was tied twice.
Carson Newman came out of the break and hit the first two of the half via free throws. Wally Jones responded with an acrobatic shot "and one." The Splitters behind Johnson moved out to a 9-point advantage. Carden gave the Splitters their 50th point and were trying to hold back the Eagle run. A Curry jam started a 7-point run that ended with an Eagle time out. At the 9-minute mark LMU led by six. The Eagles kept pace with the Splitters and by a 7:35 time out were down 62-56. LMU rolled on out to a 10-point lead behind Kierre Jordan and Armstrong's defense to offensive efforts. Curry got loose and Carden found him on a massive one-handed jam. With the new momentum LMU pulled away to a 13-point lead. With 1:32 left LMU enjoyed a 9-point lead at 79-70. LMU continued to finish strong and held an 81-74 lead with 17 seconds left. Jordan finished his great half with two more from the stripe as LMU took the sweep over its main rival by a score of 83-78. Brandon Armstrong and D’Mario Curry co-led the Splitters in scoring with 17 each. Desmond Johnson had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Cam Carden finished with 13-points and went 4-7 from behind the three point line. Once ranked fifth in the NABC division two poll the Splitters are now ranked 13th. Some of the kids in attendance got an unexpected treat as a few of the Railsplitters signed autographs before the men’s game. It was good to see the smiles on the faces of not only the young people but the players too. LMU faced Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday and then set its sights on South Atlantic Conference tournament play that began at Tex Turner Arena on Wednesday night, March 2.