Kennedy Weigt scored 20 points to help lift Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball to a 68-64 win over UVA-Wise on Wednesday evening. The Bears have won back-to-back games for the first time this season and now have won four out of their last five SAC games.
UVA-Wise's Caitlyn Ross and Cynita Webb each had a chance to tie the game with 15 seconds. Both had close range shots that just did not fall before Madeline Hardy got the biggest of her 11 rebounds on the night. After a foul, Hardy iced the game with two free throws with five seconds left to give the Bears the 68-64 win.
Kiara Moore and Hardy both had double-doubles on the night. Hardy had 14 points and 11 rebounds for her 7th double-double on the year. Moore had 10 points and 12 rebounds for her first career double-double. Her 12 rebounds is a new career high for the sophomore from Morristown, Tenn.
UVA-Wise senoir standout Cynita Webb had her 12th double-double of the year for the Cavaliers. Webb played 35 minutes and had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
UVA-Wise entered the game short-handed only dressing seven players and only six played. All five starters played at least 33 minutes with Leah Kestner coming off the bench to play 16 minutes.
Weigt led all scorers with 20 points. Weigt shot 6-11 from the floor and hit all six of her free-throws. Weigt added three assists, three steals and two rebounds on the night in 36 minutes. Weigt's 36 minutes is the most she has played this season since her record-breaking game against S.C. Aiken on November 9, 2019. In that game, Weigt broke the school record with eight three-pointers.
UVA-Wise shot 44% for the game, while the Bears shot 37%. The difference in the game was the Bears got to the free-throw line 23 times compared to just eight for the Cavaliers.
With UVA-Wise joining the SAC conference this year, Wednesday's matchup is the first-ever meeting between these two schools.
Both of these teams have struggled away from their home court. With the win, Lenoir-Rhyne is now 2-7 on the road record while UVA-Wise is 2-6 away from Wise this year. In addition, the Bears have leapfrogged UVA- Wise in the SAC standings and moved into 8th place.
LR and UVA-Wise are two of the youngest teams in the SAC this year. Each team only has one senior on their roster.
Hanna McClung returned from a three-game absence from injury. McClung played 17 minutes and added seven points on the evening.
The Bears improve to 6-9 overall, 4-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will travel to Catawba for the ESPN 3 D2 Showcase game on Saturday at 2:05 PM.