BANNER ELK, N.C. - Limestone College held the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats to only 12 second half points as the Lady Saints went on to post a 54-37 win Wednesday night in Williams Gymnasium in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game.
Six minutes into the first half with the game tied a four, two Colette Montgomery free throws gave the Lady Bobcats a two-point lead. Lees-McRae would push the lead to six, 10-4, on two Renee Roberson free throws, but Limestone would rally to and cut the lead to 10-9 at the eleven-minute mark on a Whitney Todd field goal.
However, Lees-McRae would push the lead back to seven, 16-9, on an Amber Coleman bucket. This time the Lady Saints would tie rally and take a 20-21 lead on a Lauren Pace three with 6:18 to play in the half. Limestone would close the half on an 11-5 run and take a seven point lead, 32-25, into the break.
Lees-McRae was 40 percent from the floor and 25 percent from three in the first half, while Limestone was 37 percent from the floor and 66 percent from behind the arc.
Limestone maintained the lead after the half and pushed the lead to double-digits, 39-29, at the 12-minute mark and had a 12-point lead, 45-33 five minutes later.
The Lady Saints finished the last seven minutes with an 11-4 run to win 54-37 over the Lady Bobcats.
Lees-McRae only hit six baskets in the second half going 24 percent from the floor and didn't make a three in the half. Limestone was 25 percent overall and 20 percent from three in the half.
Montgomery led Lees-McRae with 13 points and nine rebounds. Lauren Casey added 10 points, three assists and three steals for the Lady Bobcats.
For Limestone, Pace had 18 points, four assists and three steals to lead the team those categories. Tia Williams followed with 15 points, and Ashley Robinson had ten points. Brittany Miller had a team-high eight rebounds.
Limestone took advantage of 23 Lees-McRae turnovers and scored 25 points, while Lees-McRae scored 12 points off of 18 Limestone turnovers.
Lees-McRae will return to action Saturday as they host St. Andrews at 2 p.m. in Williams Gym.