GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Lees-McRae freshman Brea Forbes scored a team-high 11 points, but the women's basketball team was upended by Tusculum, 61-40, in a Tusculum Classic game Friday evening in Greeneville, Tenn.
The Pioneers (1-0) held a +17 (50-33) rebound advantage while Sydney Wilson scored 16 points off the bench. The Bobcats (0-1) forced 19 turnovers while four freshmen combined for six steals.
Both teams struggled offensively while they combined for four points in the first 4:06 of the first quarter.
LMC sophomore Lexus Norwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) splashed a three with 5:20 remaining to give the Bobcats a slim 5-4 advantage.
Two different Pioneers made layups to spark an 8-0 run over the next 4:12.
Trailing 16-7, sophomore Mackenzie Blankenship (Elizabethton, Tenn.) connected on a jumper as time expired in the first quarter.
Forbes (Freeport, Bahamas) drained a three to shave the deficit to five, 20-15, however, TC's Wilson knocked down a three to cap off a 6-0 run.
The Pioneers took a 32-19 lead into the intermission after holding the Bobcats without a field goal in the last 4:13 of the second quarter.
TC expanded its lead with strong defense and held LMC to three made field goals in the third quarter.
The Pioneers nearly duplicated their success by holding the Bobcats to four field goals in the final 10 minutes.
Freshman Markia Stacey (Morganton, N.C.) scored her first collegiate point with eight minutes remaining in the second with on a made free throw.
Both teams shot below 20% from beyond the arc.
Freshman Breana Hardnett (Greensboro, N.C.) amassed seven points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in her collegiate debut.
LMC battles Mars Hill Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Tusculum Classic in Greeneville, Tenn.
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