CENTRAL, S.C. --- Three Lees-McRae freshmen registered double figures, including a game-high 24 points from Breana Hardnett while the women's basketball team defeated Southern Wesleyan, 78-77, in a Conference Carolinas contest at Tysinger Gymnasium Saturday afternoon in Central, S.C.
The Bobcats (4-10, 3-4 CC) have won three of their last four games, including consecutive ones for the first time this season. The Warriors (4-9, 1-6) enjoyed an 18-point effort from Taylor Vinson off the bench.
Coach Michele Williams' squad has won its last two games by a combined three points. They captured the win tonight despite being outscored 29-15 in the third quarter.
Four different Bobcats scored a bucket in the first 3:52 while the team jumped out to a 9-2 advantage.
SWU responded with a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to one before LMC freshman Alexis Ammons (Asheville, N.C.) and Hardnett (Greensboro, N.C.) made layups on consecutive shots.
Hardnett drained a jumper with four ticks on the clock while the Bobcats led 19-12 after one.
The Warriors took their first lead of the game following effective free throw shooting and a 14-5 run.
Hardnett and Ammons combined for seven points before a Markia Stacey (Morganton, N.C.) triple gave LMC a 36-33 lead at the intermission.
Sophomore Mackenzie Blankenship (Johnson City, Tenn.) scored five quick points to begin the third, however, SWU splashed three three-point shots in 2:44 to take a 46-41 lead.
The Warriors' Kristen Smith and Brooke Strickland connected from deep range, giving the home team a 60-49 advantage.
LMC roared back with a 12-0 run and held SWU without a point for the first 4:20 of the final quarter to regain the lead.
Hardnett continued her season-best performance with seven points in the clutch before Brea Forbes (Freeport, Bahamas) layup.
Blankenship was unconscious from deep and tied it at 77 with 1:22 remaining.
Ammons was fouled and hit a free throw with seven seconds left, 78-77.
LMC held strong and denied SWU's Aneysa Williams game-winning attempt.
Forbes grabbed 10 rebounds while Ammons and Stacey had 18 and 12 points, respectively.
The Bobcats welcome No. 10 Limestone Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. for a CC battle in Banner Elk, N.C.
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