ASHEVILLE, N.C. - After taking a 43-34 halftime lead, the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team fell to Division I UNC-Asheville, 82-58, Saturday afternoon in the Lady Bobcats season opener.
The Lady Bobcats started the game trading buckets with the Bulldogs, and had the lead twice, 2-4 and 4-6, within the first three minutes before the Bulldogs took at 9-6 lead.
UNC-Asheville took their largest lead of the half, 19-20, at the 14-minute mark, but Lees-McRae rallied and tied the game at 27 with just over five minutes remaining on a Jessica Blair made field goal.
Lees-McRae would then push the lead to as high as 11 on a Candace Flowers made layup, but UNC-Asheville scored the final bucket of the half to cut the Lees-McRae lead to nine, 43-34.
The Lady Bobcats shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half and 50 percent from three, while not attempting a free throw in the half. The Bulldogs shot 56 percent from field goal and 33 percent from behind the arc. They made six of their nine free throws in the half.
The two teams traded buckets over the first four minutes before the Bulldogs exploded on a 33-4 run to take a 20-point lead, 71-51, with 6:23 remaining. UNC-Asvheville would finish the game with a 24-point lead, 82-58.
The Bulldogs outscored the Lady Bobcats 48-15 in the second half, and forced Lees-McRae to shoot 21 percent from the floor and 14 percent from three. The Lady Bobcats missed their five free throw attempts in the half.
Icey Patterson led Lees-McRae with 12 ponts, and Colette Montgomery and Lauren Casey scored ten and nine points respectively. Montgomery collected a team-high seven rebounds, and Casey and Flowers had four assists apiece.
The Lady Bobcats will travel to Pfeiffer to open their Conference Carolinas season Tuesday with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m.