MISENHEIMER, N.C. --- The Pfeiffer University women's basketball team placed three players in double figures, and outscored visiting Lees-McRae College by a 46-33 margin in the second half to rally from a halftime deficit en route to a 72-60 victory in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday evening.
Pfeiffer (4-0, 2-0 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 41.3 percent on the night, including a 48.4 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (0-2, 0-2 CC) to a mark of 34.9 percent from the floor in the contest. The Falcons won the battle on the glass by a 46-39 margin, including a 29-22 advantage on the defensive boards as the Bobcats converted 16 Pfeiffer miscues into 17 points.
Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) paced the Bobcats with a double-double, pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds as she, Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.), and Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) each posted 11 points. Munson added seven rebounds of her own, while Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) recorded a game-high four steals to move into seventh on the program's all-time list with 168 career thefts.
Brittany Cox led all scorers with 18 points for Pfeiffer, knocking down a trio of three-pointers as Christina Harvey posted a double-double with 15 markers and a game-high 14 rebounds. Brittney Washington chipped in 13 points, while Kellie Rhoney added seven markers and a contest-best eight assists.
The Bobcats got off to a strong start in the opening minutes, taking an early 9-4 lead following a Belcher free throw at the 15:28 mark before Pfeiffer answered with a 10-6 run, cutting the advantage to 15-14 on a Washington lay-in with 9:26 to go in the half. Lees-McRae would answer with a 9-2 spurt, opening its largest lead of the night at 24-16 on a Lewis triple with 6:35 left on the clock.
The Falcons responded once again, countering with a 10-2 run over the next five minutes to even the score at 26-26 following a three-pointer by Bridget Rothert before a Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) gave the Bobcats a narrow 27-26 lead heading into the intermission.
Pfeiffer came out strong in the second half, opening the period with a 9-2 spurt to take a 35-29 advantage on a layup by Jodie Lemons with 16:47 to play. The Falcons would widen the gap over the next several minutes, pushing the advantage to 53-40 following a jumper from Kaela Bellefeuil at the 9:06 mark.
The Bobcats battled back, cutting the lead to 67-60 on a Lewis jumper with 2:02 to go to cap an 11-4 run. Pfeiffer would answer with a clutch put back by Harvey, closing out the win with a trio of free throws in the final minute to equal the decisive margin of 72-60.
Lees-McRae returns to the court after the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday, November 27, when the Bobcats host Barton College in their home opener at 5:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
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