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Lincoln guard Jackeya Mitchell sends a bounce pass to Dahlia Booker down in the low post during second-half action in Saturday's game against Northeastern State at Jason Gymnasium in Jefferson City.

Lincoln guard Jackeya Mitchell sends a bounce pass to Dahlia Booker down in the low post during second-half action in Saturday's game against Northeastern State at Jason Gymnasium in Jefferson City. Photo by Kris Wilson.

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Lincoln took Northeastern State out of its comfort zone. The RiverHawks entered play this week as the top team in all of NCAA Division II in turnovers, coughing the ball up just 12 times per game. The Blue Tigers forced a whopping 25 turnovers Saturday afternoon.

The Lincoln women’s defensive prowess led to a 54-49 victory at Jason Gym.

“We really wanted to pressure them and make them uncomfortable, because that’s what we thrive off,” Lincoln head coach Nicole Collier said. “I thought we came up with some loose balls, we got some easy layups. Forcing 25 turnovers was huge for us.”

Turnovers were the difference at the game’s most crucial moments.

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LU Coach Nicole Collier (vs. Northeastern State)

LincolnBlueTigers YouTube channel interview: Head coach Nicole Collier reacts to the Lincoln women's basketball team's 54-49 victory over Northeastern State on Dec. 8, 2012.

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