Mount Olive Tops Lady Bobcats
Brittney Robich scored all of her 17 points in the second half to help Mount Olive College rally from an early 13-point deficit to defeat Lees-McRae 63-52 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's basketball Saturday afternoon. The Trojans held Lees-McRae to two points during a nine-minute stretch over both halves to spark the comeback.
Mount Olive (12-11 overall, 8-8 CVAC) took an early three-point lead, but Lees-McRae (7-14, 5-9) scored 16 unanswered points and built its biggest lead at 18-5 with 12:50 left in the first half. The Bobcats still held a 12-point lead with just under eight minutes left, but scored only one field goal the rest of the half. Tomeka Prichard's putback with five seconds left capped a 5-0 mini-run over the last 3:39, pulling Mount Olive to within six, 24-18 at the half.
After being held scoreless in the first half, Robich hit a layup 30 seconds into the second half to cut Lees-McRae's lead down to three. The Bobcats extended the lead to seven after a pair of free throws by Dianca Jones and a putback by Renee Roberson. Mount Olive answered with a 13-3 run as Sierra Medeiros and Helen Moore combined for eight points and Prichard's three-pointer with 12:02 remaining put the Trojans on top 36-33, Mount Olive's first lead since the first two minutes of the game.
Courtney Furr's three-pointer sparked a 6-0 run to give Lees-McRae a three-point lead. Mount Olive then scored the next 10 points to build a 48-39 lead as Jill Oaks' putback put the Trojans ahead to stay. Lees-McRae got as close as seven points, but Robich hit three consecutive three-pointers in a span of just over 90 seconds to give the Trojans their biggest lead at 57-43 with 3:08 remaining.
Lees-McRae cut the lead back down to seven after Whitney Dodgen's three-pointer with 1:10 left, but Prichard and Moore combined to hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Moore finished with 14 points for Mount Olive, while Medeiros added 10 points and eight rebounds. Corley, who ranks third in the nation in assists and steals, recorded six assists and three steals. The 5-foot-5 point guard also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for Mount Olive, which outrebounded Lees-McRae 26-13 in the second half and 48-31 for the game.
After being held to 7-for-31 shooting in the first half, Mount Olive shot 47.2 percent (17-for-36) in the second half.
Jones, (pictured top left), led the Lady Bobcats with a game-high 21 points, including 9-for-10 shooting from the free throw line. Stephanie Mullinax added 10 points for the Bobcats.
Lees-McRae will play the second of four consecutive games away
from Williams Gymnasium when they travel to Queen's University of
Charlotte Monday evening. Tip off is slated for 5:30pm.