MISENHEIMER, N.C. --- Freshman Markia Stacey produced her third double-digit effort of the year with 15 points, but the Lees-McRae women's basketball team fell to Conference Carolinas foe Pfeiffer, 71-56, Saturday evening at Merner Gym in Misenheimer, N.C.
The Falcons (1-3, 1-2 CC) earned their first win of the season thanks to an outstanding shooting performance from Safia Sheikh. The Bobcats (0-7, 0-3) forced 19 turnovers and outscored the opposition by 10 in the paint (22-12).
Sheikh amassed a game-high 24 points and went 7-for-12 from behind the arc.
PU's Meg Pritchard sparked an 11-2 run to begin the contest with consecutive threes before Stacey (Morganton, N.C.) splashed one of her own.
Pritchard chipped in with 21 points, including three from long range.
LMC cut the deficit to five, 14-9, following a bucket from freshman Taylor Fluette (Burlington, N.C.).
The Bobcat defense performed well and held PU without a bucket for the final 4:20 of the opening quarter.
Despite four points early in the second from Stacey, Sheikh nailed two triples while the home squad held a 22-15 lead.
Senior Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) cut the deficit to four after she snagged a rebound off her own miss and scored on the putback.
Freshman Alexis Ammons (Asheville, N.C.) tallied a layup with 23 ticks remaining in the first half while PU took a 29-25 lead into the intermission.
Ammons nearly accumulated a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points.
The third quarter proved to be entertaining while both teams scored 18 points.
Ammons and Caitlin Brown (Kingstown, N.C.) combine for eight points while LMC tied the contest at 37.
Stacey tallied a pair of buckets, but a bucket and-one from PU's Dejea Scott thwarted the Bobcats rally. Scott led all players with six assists.
Freshman Breana Hardnett (Greensboro, N.C.) hit one of LMC's two three-pointers with 9:11 remaining in the fourth quarter, giving the Bobcats a slim 48-47 lead.
Following a Collins jumper, PU finished the game on a 17-3 run and held LMC without a bucket for the final 6:30 of the game.
Collins scored six of LMC's final eight points and finished the evening with 10 and a pair of blocks.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. when they host Erskine in a CC tilt in Banner Elk, N.C.