February 8, 2012

Erskine surges past Lees-McRae, 85-68

Box score

DUE WEST, S.C. --- The Erskine College women's basketball team placed five players in double figures en route to an 85-68 win over Lees-McRae College on Wednesday evening in Conference Carolinas play.

Erskine (10-12, 7-7 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 41.8 percent on the night, including a 45.2 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae 6-13, 2-11 CC) to a 39.1 percent mark from the floor in the contest. The Flying Fleet won the battle on the glass by a 52-39 margin, including a 25-19 advantage on the offensive boards, while edging the Bobcats in second-chance points, 22-13.

Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including a 5-for-11 clip from downtown, as Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in 16 markers with a 6-for-6 night from the floor. Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) and DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) each added 10 points, while Waters posted a team-high five rebounds.

Porsha Morgan led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while also posting a game-high seven assists. Elizabeth Tatum added a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, as Lindsey Weidenaar chipped in 15 markers. Sha'Niqua Whitley and Tara Potter each recorded 11 points, as Jana Dixon posted 10 rebounds.

Lees-McRae jumped out to an early 8-3 lead on a Whitaker triple before the Fleet responded, launching a 13-7 run to claim a narrow 16-15 advantage on a three-pointer by Weidenaar. After Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) regained the one-point lead for the Bobcats, Erskine put together a 23-8 surge to open a 39-23 advantage on a Morgan triple with 4:17 to go in the half. Lees-McRae would answer with a 12-4 run, closing out the half with a Waters jumper to cut the margin to 43-35 heading into the intermission.

The Bobcats stayed within striking distance early in the second half, cutting the margin to six points on a trio of occasions before Erskine gained control with a 13-3 run, pushing the lead to 69-53 on a Morgan triple with 8:37 to play. Erskine would hold on from there, widening the margin to as many as 21 points en route to the 85-68 victory.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats host St. Andrews University to resume conference play at 2 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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