BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Freshman Mackenzie Blankenship dropped a season-high 15 points, but the Lees-McRae women's basketball team dropped an 85-48 decision to Lander Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bearcats (7-2) were powered by the duo of Aarika Judge and Ty'hesha Reynolds, who had 23 and 21 points, respectively. The Bobcats (3-6) knocked down six three's while senior Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
LU shot an eye-popping 72.4% from the floor in the second half while LMC impressed with a 50% clip.
A quartet of Bearcats tallied at least a point in the first seven minutes while the visitors took a commanding 15-3 lead in the first half.
Blankenship (Elizabethton, Tenn.) connected on one of her three three-pointers at the 7:13 mark to shave the deficit to nine, 20-11.
LU's lead ballooned to 17 after knocking down three of its four jumpers in a two-minute span, 35-18.
Mikayla Bennett (Erwin, Tenn.) scored her first six points of her Bobcat career in the second half, including a pair of free throws.
Blankenship caught fire and scored nine consecutive points for the Bobcats before a Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) lay up in the waning moments of the contest capped off LMC's scoring.
LMC closes out its 2014 portion of the season at Coker in Hartsville, S.C., Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.