WILMINGTON, De. – Amani Clark scored a career-high 25 points in a heartbreaking 90-87 road loss to Goldey-Beacom College on Monday.
The Lady Lions got off to a slow start on the road against the Lightning and were trailing by as much as 12 points in the first half. Goldey-Beacom used their home court advantage and shot a high percentage from the field. The Lightning was 46% (15-32) from the field and 57% (8-of-14) from three-point land against Lincoln controlling the pace.
Junior Lisa Saunders ended a 14-2 run by the Lightning at the 8:27 mark with her first three-pointer of the evening cutting the GBC advantage to 31-22. The Lady Lions made five shots from long range and held a 26-20 rebounding advantage in the opening half. Junior Amani Clark had 10 points, two assists, and two steals while Lisa Saunders led the Lady Lions bench with eight points. At the half, Goldey-Beacom led 49-43 over Lincoln.
Freshman Teira Pendleton and Amani Clark sparked the Lady Lions in the first five minutes of the second half with several made shots. Pendleton scored a pair of baskets while Clark gave the Lady Lions their first lead of the second half at the 15:30 mark. Clark forced a steal and went coast-to-coast for the layup (55-54). The duo ignited a 15-4 run over the next six minutes and LU led (66-58) with 11 minutes left in regulation.
Junior Courtney Smith gave the Lady Lions a double digit lead (76-65) with 5:18 left after a made three-pointer. But the Lightning battled back and tied the game (82-82) with 1:49 on the clock. Sophomore De’jah Taylor responded for the Lady Lions after GBC took the lead with 47 seconds left and tied the game (84-84). The Lightning converted on a pair of free-throws with 28 seconds to pull ahead and added on another pair of made attempts from the line with seven seconds left for an 88-84 advantage. Amani Clark hit a running three-pointer leaving one second on the clock but Goldey-Beacom sealed the victory with two more free-throws and defeated the Lady Lions 90-87.
Amani Clark scored 15 of her career-high 25 points in the second half against the Lightning. Clark made 9-of-16 shots from the field and a pair of three-pointers leading the Lady Lions. Senior Zephrah Pam scored 13 points anchoring the LU bench while starters Courtney Smith and De’jah Taylor each had 11 points. Taylor grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and had a pair of blocked shots. Sophomore Jailen Murphy and Lisa Saunders each finished with eight points while Teira Pendleton had six points.