Women's Basketball

Slow start plagues Lees-McRae in 100-85 loss to Mount Olive

Slow start plagues Lees-McRae in 100-85 loss to Mount Olive

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team trailed Mount Olive by a score of 32-12 after the opening quarter, which proved too much to overcome as the Bobcats fell to the Trojans by a final score of 100-85 Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action.

As mentioned earlier, the Bobcats started slowly connecting on just four of their 16 field goal attempts in the first quarter. Alexis Ammons and Markia Stacey were the only Bobcats to score in the first tallying five and seven points, respectively.

Lees-McRae erased half of the 20-point deficit in the second quarter to get the score to 48-38 heading into halftime. Breanna Hardnett score 10 of her 11 points on the afternoon in the second to spark the Bobcats.

After the teams returned to the court following halftime, it seemed like Mount Olive could not miss. The Trojans converted on 10 of their 14 attempts from the field and went 10-of-11 from the free-throw line to extend their lead back to 22 points after three quarters, 78-56.

Much like they did in the second, the Bobcats outscored Mount Olive in the fourth quarter. 18 of the team's 29 points in the frame came from Brea Forbes. Forbes, who spent the majority of the first three quarters on the bench because of foul trouble, knocked down five free throws and drilled six shots from the field in the frame. In the end, the hole the Bobcats dug was too deep to come back from as they fell 100-85.

Four Bobcats reached double figures Saturday, including 23 points from Ammons. It marked Ammons's second straight 20-point game and a new career-high for the Asheville, N.C. native. Forbes, meanwhile, finished with 18 point, which was a season-best.

LMC will have one week to prepare for its next game when it travels to Limestone next Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Gaffney, S.C.

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