Women's Basketball

Blankenship's Three Powers LMC to Victory, 68-66

Blankenship's Three Powers LMC to Victory, 68-66

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Freshman Mackenzie Blankenship drained the game-winning three with 12 seconds left and freshman counterpart Alex Anderson recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebound while the Lees-McRae women's basketball team won a thriller, 68-66, against Conference Carolinas foe Southern Wesleyan Wednesday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Bobcats (2-1, 1-0 CC) have notched two wins this season by a combined three points while dishing out 16 assists on the evening. The Warriors (1-2, 0-1) had two player's record double-doubles, but struggled by going 22.2% from long range.

LMC had five players score at least 11 points while senior Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) was smooth with the ball by dishing out a game-high 10 assists.

Blankenship (Elizabethton, Tenn.) scored eight points in the final four minutes, including the game-winner to ignite a 14-7 run to end the contest.

Sophomore duo Niroska Perez (Asheville, N.C.) and Kathleen Casey (Gray, Tenn.) went on a 7-0 run to spark Coach Michele Williams' offense to a 16-4 run start the contest.

Truesdale gashed the defense for a layup to extend the lead to 13, 24-11, halfway through the opening stanza.

SWU methodically worked its way into a 31-all tie following a 20-6 run fueled by Christiana Perkins and Gabrielle Bates.

Perkins had a game-high 22 points to go with 10 rebounds while Bates notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

Perez and Truesdale connected on buckets in the final two minutes to give the Bobcats at four point lead, 36-32, going into the intermission.

LMC shot a solid 46.7% in the first 20 minutes and forced 11 turnovers.

An Anderson (Kingsport, Tenn.) jumper pushed LMC's lead to six, 44-38.

The Warriors rallied again and took their first lead of the contest at the 8:55 mark following a Perkins triple, 52-50.

After SWU's Chelsie Waters made one-of-two from the line, it was LMC's turn to mount the comeback.

The Bobcats succeeded by taking a slim 64-63 lead before Blankenship's three capped off the rally.

LMC hit a season-high seven three-pointers.

The Bobcats return to action in a nonconference tilt against Young Harris Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. in Williams Gym.

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