BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team fell to 1-2 in the Conference Carolinas and 1-6 overall in a 70-51 loss to the Anderson University Lady Trojans, who improved to 3-0 in the conference and 4-4 overall, in Williams Gymnasium Monday night.
Anderson jumped out to an early 8-0 lead four minutes into the game on a Alissa Diaz made basket, but the Lady Bobcats quickly tied the game up at eight on a Lauren Casey three with 13:53 remaining in the half.
After four points from Anderson's Shanice Wilson, two on free-throws and a layup, and Lees-McRae basket by Casey to make the score 12-10 Anderson, the Lady Trojans went on a 17-2 run over a span of the next ten minutes to take a 29-12 lead. Jazzmin Tate ended the run with a three right before the half to cut into the Lady Trojan lead at half making it 29-15 at the half.
Coming out of the locker rooms, Anderson quickly pushed the lead to 20, 42-22, with 13:57 left to play. Anderson took a 26-point lead, their largest lead of the game twice in the second half. Once was on a Diaz jumper with 8:16 on the clock and the second on a Alexa Neal three with 4:41 to play. Lees-McRae would battle to cut the lead to 17 points, 68-51, on Candace Flowers three, but Maci Siniard would hit the game's final shot to give the Lady Trojans the 70-51 win.
Anderson outshot Lees-McRae from the floor hitting 41 percent, 23-of-56, of their shots, while Lees-McRae hit 36 percent 18-of-49, of their shots. However, the Lady Bobcats hit 50 percent of their threes, 7-14, while Anderson was 4-of-13 behind the arc for 30 percent.
Casey paced the Lady Bobcats with 12 points, and Flowers added 11 points and was the only other Lady Bobcat in double digits. Tate grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Anderson put four scorers in double-digit. Ashley Abed led the Lady Trojans with 15 points, Wilson and Neal scored 14 points apiece, and Diaz added 11 points. Wilson led the team with four steals and four assists, while Siniard grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Anderson scored 20 points from the charity strip compared to eight for Lees-McRae, and the Lady Trojans used 28 Lady Bobcat turnovers to score 30 points. Lees-McRae scored six points off of 20 Anderson turnovers.
The Lady Bobcats will travel to Erskine College to take on the Flying Fleet of Erskine College January 7th.