MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive women’s basketball team fell to the Saints of Limestone College 76-67 in Conference Carolinas action on Wednesday evening at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C. Four Trojans scored in double-digits in the loss.
Mount Olive got on the scoreboard first as Makayla Nichols connected on a layup 1:20 into the game.
Nichols basket spurred an 11-4 run by the Trojans throughout the first quarter as UMO held the Saints to a pair of free throws and a single layup.
Limestone came out in the second quarter on a 10-0 run through the first four minutes to take a 14-11 lead over Mount Olive.
A Kelly Post jump shot and free throw knotted the score up at 14 all with four minutes to play before the Saints took off on a 10-4 rally to lead 24-18 at the 1:35 mark.
The Saints lead grew to eight points, 26-18, following a pair of free throws but four straight points by Felecity Havens, two free throws and a layup, pulled the Trojans within four points heading into halftime down 26-22.
Limestone scored first on a three-pointer taking a 29-22 lead as the teams came out of the intermission.
Mount Olive rallied scoring eight consecutive points taking a one-point, 30-29, lead at the 7:33 mark of the third quarter.
The Saints retaliated with an 8-4 run that put them ahead by three points 37-34 at the 4:12 mark.
The Trojans kept within reach of the Saints but trailed 49-40 heading into the final ten minutes of the game.
Mount Olive took the first four points of the fourth quarter to pull within five points of Limestone, 49-44.
Over the next two minutes, the Saints scored eight points to take a 10-point lead, 57-47, over the Trojans as the clock approached 6:57 remaining.
UMO again cut the Limestone lead to five following a Havens three and a Kennedi Jones layup that put the score at 57-52, but the Trojans ran out of time as the Saints claimed the nine-point, 76-67 victory.
Four UMO athletes reached double points figures in Felecity Havens (16), Jada Bacchus (13), Makayla Nichols (13) and Hope Toliver (10).
Kelly Post had six assists and five steals in the contest.
Bacchus led the Trojans with eight rebounds, just two shy of a double-double for the junior guard.
The Trojans are back in action this weekend as they hit the road for a Conference Carolinas contest against the Warriors in Central, S.C. Mount Olive will take on Southern Wesleyan on Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m. at Tysinger Gymnasium.