GAFFNEY, S.C. – Sophomore Breana Hardnett drilled a career-high four three-pointers and finished with 18 points, but it proved not to be enough as No. 13 Limestone knocked off the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team by a final score of 77-62.
Lees-McRae was plagued by two cold stretches offensively in the opening quarter. LMC went scoreless for the first 1:46 of the game and did not score in the final 2:25 of the frame. Because of these periods of cold shooting, Limestone opened an 18-10 lead on Lees-McRae after one quarter.
Markia Stacey helped get LMC's offense going in the second knocking down seven of her 11 points in the stanza. Despite the scoring outburst from Stacey, the Saints kept the pressure on Lees-McRae and extended their lead to 11 heading into the locker room, 37-26.
After halftime, the two teams played to near deadlock in the third quarter. LMC stayed with the 13th-ranked Saints thanks in part to eight made free throws in third. Limestone, however, kept up with Lees-McRae to play to a 20-20 in the third. The Saints led 57-46 going to the fourth.
Limestone extended its lead to as many as 16 in the fourth quarter before winning by 15 over the Bobcats, 77-62.
Despite the loss, the Bobcats finished with the rebounding advantage Saturday out-rebounding Limestone 47-42. The Saints came into Saturday's game leading the conference in rebounds per game (45.5). Brea Forbes and Caitlin Brown led LMC's efforts on the boards totaling nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
The Bobcats, now 1-7 overall and 1-3 in league play, will close out the first half of their season Wednesday when they host Young Harris. The game is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. tip-off.