JEFFERSON CITY, TN--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats dropped their second of the season to the Carson-Newman Lady Eagles, falling 75-55 in non-conference women's basketball action Friday evening. The Lady Bobcats fall to 3-6, while the Lady Eagles sweep the two game season series with the win and even their record at 4-4.
Carson Newman shot 49% from the field and made eight of 17 three-pointers, as the Lady Eagles continue to roll after starting the season 0-4. The Lady Bobcats built an eight-point lead after Cortney Furr (Concord, NC) hit consecutive three-pointers, but Shari Buford converted a three-point play while Angela Volentine and Ashley Tipton hit back-to-back treys to cut the LMC lead to 21-20. A fast break layup by Buford and two Tykira McDaniel free throws gave the Lady Eagles the lead for good at 26-25. A 13-0 run by the home side to end the half saw the Lady Eagles enter the half with a 38-25 advantage.
In the second half, the Lady Eagles continued to dominate the boards. Carson-Newman outrebounded Lees-McRae 52-26 in the game. Lindsey Eggleston led the Lady Eagles with 10 rebounds while Buford grabbed nine. Tipton opened Carson-Newman's second half scoring with a three-pointer and Ashley Kyle followed with her lone trey of the night. McDaniel's layup with 13:32 remaining gave the Lady Eagles their largest lead of the game at 54-26.
McDaniel led all scorers with 14 points while Volentine and Tipton scored 12 points each. Nikki James scored a career-high 11 points while Buford posted 10 points. Kyle paced the Lady Eagle offense with six assists while McDaniel keyed the defense with five steals.
Furr was the only Lady Bobcat to score in double figures, registering 11 points.
The Lady Bobcats will resume action in 2008, traveling to Harrogate, TN to take on Lincoln Memorial University in non-conference action January 2.
PICTURED: Cortney Furr