MARS HILL, N.C. — Senior guard Mandy Mendenhall (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) scored a career-high 29 points to surpass 1,000 points for her career, but it wasn't enough as Mars Hill downed the Carson-Newman women's basketball team, 84-77, on Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference action at Stanford Arena.
Mendenhall sank a jumper at the 9:33 mark of the first half to reach eight points on the night, giving her 1,001 points for her Lady Eagle career. Mendenhall has scored 57 points in her last two outings.
With the loss, the Lady Eagles fall to 6-11 on the season and 2-5 in the conference. Mars Hill improves to 12-3 overall and 5-2 in SAC play.
C-N outshot Mars Hill 44 percent to 37.9 percent, but the Lions knocked down 11-of-24 3-point attempts and turned 22 Lady Eagle turnovers into 26 points.
Mendenhall went 11-of-22 from the floor, including four 3-pointers, and dished out five assists to lead the Lady Eagles. Junior forward Zoriah Williams (Calera, Ala.) produced her third straight double-double for C-N with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Williams has six double-doubles on the season.
Brittini Young (Ramseur, N.C.) fired in 28 points to pace Mars Hill, while Kristen Metcalf (Black Mountain, N.C.) and Taylor Deal (Catawba, N.C.) added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Margaret Harvey (Greensboro, N.C.) fell just shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Mars Hill's Tyler Carlson (Savannah, Ga.) knocked down a 3-pointer on the game's opening possession, and the Lions pushed their lead to 14 points at 41-27 on a Harvey layup with 4:25 on the clock.
However, the Lady Eagles stormed back with a 16-4 run to trim the Lions' lead to 45-43 on a 3-point play by Williams with 43 seconds left in the half. Mars Hill took a 48-44 lead into the locker room.
C-N came out on fire in the second half, opening with an 11-2 run capped off by a Whitney Moody (Blountville, Tenn.) layup that gave the Lady Eagles a 55-50 lead with 15:40 left.
But Mars Hill outscored C-N 23-6 over the next seven minutes to take a 73-61 lead. The Lady Eagles made one last push to cut the Lions' lead down to 79-77 on a pair of made free throws by Mendenhall at the 1:11 mark, but Deal made a layup at the other end to seal the win for the Lions.
The Lady Eagles return to action on Saturday in a SAC matchup at Anderson. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Abney Athletic Center in Anderson, S.C.