HARROGATE, Tenn. --- Senior Kabrina Truesdale and freshman Mackenzie Blankenship dropped season-high's in points, but the Lees-McRae women's basketball team fell in nonconference action, 85-72, to Lincoln Memorial Saturday afternoon in Harrogate, Tenn.
The Railsplitters (4-2) shot an efficient 51.6% from the field while three players notched 21 points or more on the day. The Bobcats (2-4) forced 20 turnovers for the fourth time this season while Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) tallied 11 of LMC's 32 field goals.
LMU's Stephanie Smith was a dominant force with 21 points and 18 rebounds while Megan Pittman nearly accumulated a double-double with 22 points and nine boards.
Pittman scored the Railsplitters' first nine points while a Katrina Ottesen drained a three to put the home squad up 12-2 in the first 3:30 minutes of play.
Blankenship (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Alex Anderson (Kingsport, Tenn.) hit consecutive jumpers to bring LMC within eight, 27-19.
Truesdale tallied five straight points to cut the deficit to two, 34-32, with a bucket and a successful free throw.
Coach Michele Williams' squad tallied a season-high 72 points.
Consecutive three's from Truesdale and sophomore Niroska Perez (Asheville, N.C.) put LMC within one, 43-42.
The Bobcats used a 10-0 run capped off by a Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) put back, giving LMC its largest lead of the contest, 52-45.
Ottesen drained two three's to notch it at 60, halfway through the second half.
LMU used a 10-2 run over a 4:13 span to stretch its lead to 10, 80-70.
The Bobcats suffered a drought of 3:23 without a field goal, but Anderson's jumper thwarted it with 1:17 remaining.
LMC plays its third consecutive game on the road with a trip to Gaffney, S.C. to battle Limestone at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 2.
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