MISENHEIMER, N.C. --- Lees-McRae senior Lauren Lewis dropped 22 points while Kerri Belcher registered her sixth double-double of the season, but LMC was unable to hold off a determined Pfeiffer squad in a 74-62 loss Saturday evening in Conference Carolinas action at Merner Gymnasium in Misenheimer, N.C.
The Falcons (3-16, 2-9 CC) saw four players score at least 10 points while holding a distinct advantage at the free-throw line. The Bobcats (9-10, 6-4 CC) saw their road struggles continue (1-8) despite Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) scoring in double figures for the second time on the season.
Lewis (Concord, N.C.) gave LMC a one-point lead, 7-6, with a jumper at the 15:56 before PU went on a 14-5 run.
The Falcons Ariana Tillman connected on a three to push the Falcon lead to 10, 21-11.
Lewis would continue to have the hot hand and score the next 10 Bobcat points.
Lewis connected on a three to give the Bobcats their biggest lead of the game, 30-26.
Carter Williams hit a jumper with three ticks on the clock to notch the game at 30, heading into the half.
Both squads hit a trio of triples while LMC shot 41.4% in the opening period.
Neither squad could create much breathing room in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) went on a personal 4-0 run to tie it a 49 with 10:49 remaining.
The Falcons offense woke up and went on a 20-9 run over the next eight minutes and pushed the lead to 11 following a Williams three.
PU would hold off and use efficient free-throw shooting to claim the win.
The Falcons held a clear advantage from the charity stripe by knocking down 22 more shots (26-4). PU also controlled the glass (44-35). Lauren White paced the team with 14 points while Williams had 12 and Alexis Stallard had 11.
Lewis led all scorers while Belcher impressed with a 10-point, 11-rebound performance. LMC forced 27 turnovers (second-most this season), but had troubles itself while committing 24.
The Bobcats will have to rebound quickly when they put their perfect home record (7-0) on the line against conference-leading Limestone Monday at 5:30 in Williams Gymnasium. This is a rescheduled game from Wed. Jan. 29.
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