JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Carson-Newman Lady Eagles (6-3, 4-0 South Atlantic Conference) women's basketball team will travel to Hickory, N.C. face the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears (5-2, 2-2 South Atlantic Conference) at Shuford Gymnasium on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Lady Eagles, who lead the South Atlantic Conference with a perfect 4-0 record in conference games, are finishing up the pre-Christmas portion of their SAC schedule with Saturday's trip to Hickory.
Carson-Newman is coming off of a loss in its last game, a non-conference 82-73 loss to Limestone this past Wednesday at Holt Fieldhouse.
Five players finished in double figures, led by Jai Jai McLaughlin's (Knoxville, Tenn) 14 points. Tatum Burstrom (Maryville, Tenn.), Lashawnda Peacher (Springfield, Tenn.), Chante Markus (Hummelstown, Pa.) and Haley Coffelt (Tracy City, Tenn.) followed suit with 13, 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively. It marks the fourth consecutive game Markus has broken into double figures.
Markus remains the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles, as she is averaging 11.1 points per game, and she features the top 3-pointer percentage in the SAC at 50 percent (18-for-36).
The Bears, coached by Todd Starkey, are 5-2 this season with a 2-2 mark in conference play having dropped conference games to Anderson and at Wingate. Lenoir-Rhyne was picked finish second in the preseason SAC poll, right behind first place Newberry, although the Bears finished just two votes behind and one point behind the Wolves in the voting.
Jazmine Charles was named a preseason All-SAC First Team selection, and Charles is leading the Bears and the South Atlantic Conference by averaging 18.7 points per game. Her teammate Jenni Gust is averaging 16.6 points per game, second-best on the team and fifth-best in the SAC with that mark.
Carson-Newman leads the overall series against Lenoir-Rhyne 36-25. The Bears have won eight of the last nine meetings against Carson-Newman, with the last triumph for Carson-Newman coming in the 2010-11 season, with a 70-61 win at L-R on Jan. 17, 2011. The Lady Eagles have lost six in a row against the Bears, with L-R sweeping last year's games, winning 72-59 on Dec. 15 before a 55-49 win at Carson-Newman on Feb. 9.
Saturday's game will be carried on the Eagle Sports Network's flagship station WPFT-FM 106.3 FM, with coverage beginning at 1:45 p.m. with "The Countdown to Tipoff," and live audio is also available on www.cneagles.com.