Last Minute Loss Sinks Lady Bobcats in Opener

The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats opened up the 2006-07 season on the road, visiting Lincoln Memorial University, falling 55-50, as the Lady Railsplitters repaid last seasons opening game 59-55 loss at Williams Gymnasium. The game went down to the wire, with Lady Railsplitter junior Laura Elliot (Livermore, CA) scoring with 21 seconds to secure the win.

The Lady Railsplitters started out strong from the opening whistle in the opening game for both teams, pulling out to the 11-6 lead following a lay-up by junior Kate Fane (Sterling, IL) with 12:53 to go in the first half. Lees-McRae then put the ball in the hands of senior guard Dianca Jones (Columbus, MS) who then scored five points during a 9-3 run to pull the Lady Bobcats out to a one point 15-14 lead with 9:33 to go. Both teams then traded baskets; with LMU taking the 22-20 lead into the locker room at the half despite an eleven point first half performance from LMC junior forward Stephanie Mullinax (Etowah, TN).
The second half saw neither team gain full control of the game. LMU finally managed to break away with a seven point advantage, 39-32, with 10:54 to go in the game following a lay-up by junior Sidney Johnson (Cincinnati, OH). The Lady Bobcats then caught fire string together a 10-0 run to take a 42-39 lead, capped off by senior captain Taukia Hughes's (Roan Mountain, TN) three pointer. Both teams traded baskets until a jumper by LMU senior Betsy Bowser (Galveston, IN) gave LMU the 51-50 lead with 35 seconds to go. Lees-McRae then in-bounded the ball and Keyonna Sims (Washington, DC) brought the ball to the top of the key and tried to make a lob to a player posting up in the paint. LMU's Elliot then intercepted the pass and gave the ball to senior Madeline Richards (Floyds Knobs, IN), who was immediately fouled. Richards then hit both free throws and, following a timeout by Lees-McRae, Bowser rebounded a missed three-pointer by Mullinax and hit both of her free throws to seal the 55-50 win.
The Lady Bobcats (0-1) was led by Mullinax with 17 points and Jones with 11. Brittany Roberson (Salisbury, NC) led the Lady Bobcats on the boards with 10 rebounds.
LMU (1-0) was led by Bowser, who made her LMU debut with 15 points. Richards added in 11 points and Elliot along with freshman Andi Winney (Yorktown, IN) pulled down 10 rebounds each. The Lady Railsplitters won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding LMC 43-38 and also out-shot the Lady Bobcats 34.6 percent to 33.3 percent.
The Lady Bobcats will host Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference foe Anderson University Tuesday November 21st at 5:30pm.