Lady Bobcats Fall to App State 108-61 in Exhibition Game

BOONE, N.C.- Freshman Icey Patterson scored 16 points and senior Lauren Casey added 14 points and one rebound shy of a double-double as the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats fell in the a preseason exhibition game to the Appalachian State University Mountaineers 108-61 Sunday afternoon.

App's Chakeitha Weldon scored three of the Mountaineers first seven points. Weldon was just one of six Apps to finish the game in double-figures as she tallied 12 points against the Lady Bobcats, to go along with two assists and two steals.

Appalachian increased its advantage to 16 points at the 27-11 mark as sophomore forward Catherine Williams anchored ASU's offense. Williams finished the first half with 12 points and went on to notch a double-double, scoring 22 points and hauling in a game-high 12 boards.

The Mountaineers led by as many as 20 points in first half action, and would not relinquish their comfy lead as layups by Sam Ramirez and Williams gave ASU a 56-33 advantage heading into the break.

Ramirez ended the contest with a game-high 10 assists, along with two steals and just one turnover.

Lees-McRae was unable to get going anything offensively in second half action, scoring just two points in the first six minutes of play, thanks in part to a stout Appalachian defense, forcing six LMC turnovers.

ASU however continued its red-hot offensive play, with freshmen Anna Freeman and Kelsey Sharkey increasing ASU's lead to 41 points at the 89-48 mark with a little over seven minutes to play.

Sharkey and Anna Freeman also ended the day in double-figures with Sharkey recording 15 points along with 11 boards and Freeman tallying 13 points and six rebounds.

A Courtney Freeman layup gave ASU its largest lead of the afternoon, going up 52 points, and the Mountaineers rolled to the 47-point victory.

Colette Montgomery followed Patterson and Casey with 11 points. Casey also led the Lady Bobcats with five assists and three steals in 37 minutes of play.

Lees-McRae shot 28 percent from the floor and 22 percent from behind the three-point arc.

App held a 54-31 rebound advantage in the game.

"For our first time on the court this season, we faced a very athletic, long and talented ASU team that exposed our weaknesses," head coach Sebastian Wild said. " I am confident our young squad will be able to use this valuable experience and continue to develop as we continue to prepare for the start of our regular season two weeks from now. I saw some encouraging things today, but it is also very obvious that we have that we have a lot of work in front of us."