Bobcats Invade the Northwest: An Alaskan Thanksgiving

Follow along with the Bobcats Go West Blog this week as the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Fairbanks, Alaska to play in the North Star Invitational, hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Friday, November 29

Not only was Thursday Thanksgiving, but it was game day for the Lees-McRae women's basketball program.

The day got started with an 8:30 a.m. walk through to prepare for Wayne State (Neb.). In order to get to the Patty Center, we walked up the snow covered steps. Later in the day a maintenance worker was asked about the amount of snow that had fallen, and he commented that we had received approximately three inches.

The walk through lasted for about 30 minutes and after that it was off to eat a pre-game meal. In order to eat, we went to the local Denny's. It happened to be the "Northern Most Denny's in the World". While there the team got their fill of various breakfast items ranging from chocolate chip pancakes to Grand Slam plates. After the meal, it was time to head back to the Westmark to get ready for the game.

We left to go back to campus at 12:15 p.m. for the 2 p.m. contest. It was time to start the contest, and Alyssa Munson scored a game-best 24 points, which also eclipsed her career best. She was 11-for-17 from the field, with her 24 points tied for 13th for most points in a game at the North Star Invitational history. In fact her scoring output was the best in either game Thursday. Her final four points of the first half helped bring the Bobcats within nine points at 45-36, 75 seconds before the break. She had 17 points after 20 minutes of action. The sophomore also grabbed nine rebounds while Kerri Belcher added a double-double with 10 boards to go with her 12 points.

The duo has several chances to add their name to the event's record book for event scoring and rebound bests. In order to get into the Top-10 for tournament rebounding, a player needs to grab at least 20 and the event record is held by Amy Achesinksi with 32. The scoring record also belongs to Achesinksi with 62 points during the 2010 event.  To break into the scoring Top-10, a player needs 47 points.

After the game, we stayed to watch Alaska Fairbanks take on Dominican (Calif.), which saw the host win by an 82-65 margin. When the final whistle blew our host, Chuck Vogle, guided us out to Ivory Jack's for a post-game meal. The establishment was filled with various New York Yankees, Elvis and other New York items. Various meals were ordered by the players, and then it was time to come back to the Westmark and prepare for Friday's activities.

What will we get into tomorrow? One way to find out, read Friday's blog for stories from Fairbanks and to see how we do against the host school! Until then, good bye from Fairbanks, where the temperature was negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit when we returned to the rooms.

Bottom photo by Paul McCarthy

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