Lions prevail over Lincoln University in OT win


Forward Kallie Bilder, No. 25, posts up against a Tigers defender in the Lions’ 83-73 victory against Lincoln University on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Hyland Arena.
Photo by Kyle Rhine

KYLE RHINE | Reporter 

The women’s basketball team won its fourth straight game Tuesday night defeating Lincoln University in overtime 81-75.

Lindenwood led the Tigers 41-27 at halftime, holding Lincoln University to 36 percent shooting while the Lions shot 50 percent from the field.

The Lions had a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but watched it slip away as Lincoln outscored Lindenwood 26-14 to force overtime.

In overtime, Lindenwood outscored the Tigers 10-4 and went on to capture their 14th win of the season.

“We started off the game strong,” forward Kallie Bildner said. “And for whatever reason, we hit a rough patch there at the end. We fought through it and were able to come out on top.”

Lincoln out-rebounded the Lions 43-34. However, Lindenwood’s defense forced 31 turnovers which led to 25 points. The Lions had 13 steals with guard Jerricah Butler having three of them.

Two players had 20 points. Guard Lindsay Medlen tallied 21 points with two rebounds and two steals. Bildner went 8-10 from the field for 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season.

“We have to carry this positive energy over to Saturday as we play the No. 9 team in the nation, University of Central Missouri, here at home,” Bildner said.

Following Tuesday’s win, the Lions are 14-11 and will play conference opponent Central Missouri at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Hyland Arena.

The last time these two teams met was on Jan. 20 as Central Missouri defeated the Lions 80-73.