Banner Elk, NC--Senior forward Stephanie Mullinax (Etowah, TN) scored a game-high 28 points to lead Lees-McRae College to a 66-58 victory over visiting Queens University of Charlotte in Conference Carolinas women's basketball action on Wednesday evening in Williams Gymnasium. The Lady Bobcats improve their record to 4-2 in conference (4-7 overall) while the Royals drop to 1-4 in the conference (1-11 overall).
In a game that began with four lead changes and two ties in the first four minutes it was soon evident that the Lady Bobcats would control the game despite having only eight players on the bench for tonight's contest. Lees-McRae gained the lead (9-8) at the 16:09 mark on a field goal by freshman Erin Thompson (Ashburn, VA) and refused to give up the lead the duration of the game.
The Lady Bobcats, shooting 48.3% from the field, held the visiting Royals to 31.3% from the field and forced thirteen turnovers. They headed into halftime up ten with the score 36-26.
The Lady Bobcats were the first to score in the second half when Cortney Furr (Concord, NC) fed the red-hot Mullinax the ball for a three-point make. The Royals refused to give up and battled the Lady Bobcats, getting within six points several times only to fall back 10-12 points as LMC held onto the lead.
Ahead nine with nine minutes to go the Bobcats committed three turnovers in the next minute and a half. The Royals capitalized on the Bobcats' mistakes drawing within one point (52-51) at the 6:50 mark. But the Bobcats wouldn't be beat. Furr answered back with a two point basket, setting the team back on course.
The Lady Bobcats sealed the game at the line going 9-10 from the charity stripe in the last three minutes of the game with sophomore Jessica Lunsford (Elk Park, NC) making a perfect 6-6 from the line in the final minute of the game for a 66-58 final score.
"I'm proud of the way this group responds to adversity. They do everything I want them to do and have maintained a positive attitude in both games and practices," commented Coach Sebastian Wild after the game. "I'm glad they were rewarded for their effort with a win tonight," Wild added.
Mullinax, who went 10-14 from the field, 1-1 3FG, and 7-9 from the line for 28 points also pulled down eight rebounds and grabbed three steals to lead the Bobcats. Also scoring in double figures were teammates Lunsford and Furr with 12 and 10 respectively. Brittany Roberson (Salisbury, NC) grabbed 10 boards for the Bobcats during the contest.
The Royals were lead by Markeisha Hicks (Rock Hill, SC) who had a double-double with 15 points and 14 boards. Jacquia Winstead (Elm City, NC) dished up 13 points while Marissa Hundley (Charlotte, NC) added 12 for the Royals.
The Lady Bobcats continue their stand at home hosting conference opponent Mt. Olive College in a Saturday afternoon game. Tipoff is set for 2:00pm.
Pictured: Stephanie Mullinax