NEWBERRY, S.C. --- Ashli Oliver poured in 17 points, including five 3-pointers as the Tusculum College womenâ€™s basketball team defeated host Newberry College 62-55 Wednesday night at Eleazer Arena in South Atlantic Conference action.
The Pioneers (13-12, 5-9 SAC) halt a three-game losing streak, while splitting the season series against the Lady Indians (19-5, 8-3 SAC) who are ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region.
Chassity Martin, Diana Neves and Lindsay Barta each posted 10 points apiece for the Pioneers, while Newberryâ€™s Tonique Frasier posted a double-double with 28 points and 17 rebounds.
Tusculum shot 48.9 percent from the floor, including 10-of-19 (52.6%) from three-point territory.
Tied 29-29 at the half, Tusculum jumped out to a four-point edge to start the second period on Shantae Shank's lay-up at the 17:15 mark. With the score 37-33, neither team could find the bottom of the net for nearly three minutes. Cicely Jenkinsâ€™ jumper fell for Newberry and cut the Pioneer lead in half.
The Lady Indians took their first lead of the second half, 41-39, with 12:48 remaining after sophomore Laura Marquardt connected for a deuce.
Newberry was able to hold that lead until the 8:39 mark when Tusculum turned the tide with consecutive three-point shots. Diana Neves drained the first to tie the game at 47-47 and Brooke Underwood hit the second, that coming from 23-feet away with the shot clock running down to give Tusculum the lead for good with 7:48 left.
Junior guard Ashlee Wright had 16 points on 8-of-17 shooting along with five rebounds and three assists off the bench.
Tusculum will be at Presbyterian College Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. contest.