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Basketball: LWC Women ready for Battle of Highway 55

By Kyle Jackson

The (RV) Lindsey Wilson women's basketball team is set to face one of the toughest opponents on their calendar on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, when they travel up the road for the 81st edition of the Battle of Highway 55 meeting No. 1-ranked Campbellsville University. Tipoff is scheduled for 5pmCT.

The Blue Raiders (5-4, 2-2 MSC) enter the match after a tough 63-72 loss to No. 3-ranked Thomas More (KY). Senior forward Maleigha Oldham led the team with 21 points in the contest while both Oldham and sophomore guard Amerah Steele had five rebounds in the game.

Oldham currently leads the team in points per game averaging 12.9 with Steele just behind her averaging 12.8 PPG. Oldham is also averaging 2.2 steals per game, the sixth-highest average in the conference.

Senior forward Bree Glover continues to lead the team in rebounds per game averaging 8.7 so far this season ranking fourth in the conference while also averaging 3.3 blocks per game, the seventh-highest average in the NAIA and best in the conference. As a team, the Blue Raiders are averaging 72.9 points per game and are shooting 42.1 percent from the floor.

As for the Tigers (8-0, 4-0 MSC), they enter the match atop the conference standings after going undefeated to start the season. The Tigers have remained perfect in conference play to start the year and just recently defeated (RV) Bethel (Tenn.) 71-64.

Senior forward Ashlee McGeorge leads the Tigers in scoring averaging 12.3 points per game and rebounding averaging 6.8 boards per game, the tenth best average in the conference. In addition to McGeorge, junior forward Kaitlynn Wilks leads the conference in field goal percentage at 64.4 percent averaging 10.4 PPG.

Both graduate guard Lexy Lake and junior guard Lauren Lee sit tied at fourth in the conference in steals per game, averaging 2.3 per contest. Junior guard Bailey Pedigo ranks ninth in the same category.

As a team, the Tigers are averaging 83.8 points per game, the tenth best scoring average in the NAIA, and lead the nation in shooting percentage hitting 50.7 percent from the floor. They also currently rank sixth in the country in three-point percentage shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Tomorrow's meeting will mark the 81st time the two programs have met with the Tigers holding a 61-20 all-time series lead over the Blue Raiders. Lindsey Wilson lost the previous match against the Tigers 57-81 in the semifinals of the 2020-21 Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Live video and live stats will be available for the match.

This story was posted on 2021-12-07 13:39:02
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