ANDERSON, SC - Mikala Fogle-Wilson scored 27 points and Nikki Anthony added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead top-seeded Anderson University to an 81-59 victory over eighth-seeded Lees-McRae in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament Monday night at the Abney Center.
Anderson, 26-2 overall, ran its winning streak to 19 games. The loss ends Lees-McRae's season at 8-20.
Anderson, ranked No. 14 in the Division II national poll, advances to face Belmont Abbey, a 53-46 winner over Limestone, at the Abney Center Thursday at 7 p.m.
"I am very proud of our team, we battled hard in this game," commented Head Coach Sebastian Wild. "You have to give Anderson credit, they're a talented bunch. Their shooting was on in the first, it was like they couldn't miss. Our girls continued to battle to final buzzer which I was pleased to see. Losing just one to graduation (Second Team All Conference Stephanie Mullinax), we'll work hard in the off season and be ready to go next fall."
Anderson had a 20-point lead 14 minutes into the game and built its lead to as much as 31 in the second half.
"We got off to a really good start, particularly on the defensive end," said Anderson head coach Jeff Dow. "Two of our goals were to keep them off the free throw line and keep them off the offensive glass. They shot just six free throws and had just five offensive rebounds. It's almost impossible to hold the other team to just five offensive rebounds."
Fogle-Wilson, a senior from Columbia, S.C., was 9-for-16 from the field and 5-for-8 from behind the arc. She also had four assists and five steals. Anthony, a senior from Pickens, S.C., recorded her 15th double-double of the season and her fifth in the last six games. Anthony was 7-for-9 from the field and also handed out three assists. Keana Boyd joined Fogle-Wilson and Anthony in double figures with 10 points. Boyd needs just two more points to become the third Anderson player this season to reach 1,000 career points.
The Lady Trojans had 22 assists on 30 made baskets. Latrice Thomas led Anderson with seven assists.
Lees-McRae shot 46 percent from the field, 52 percent in the second half, while Anderson shot 43 percent.
"You have to give (Lees-McRae) Coach (Sebastian) Wild and his coaches a lot of credit," Dow said. "They kept playing hard the entire game. They never quit."
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