SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team led by as many as 10 points Saturday at Converse, but could not hold the lead as the Valkyries rallied to knock off the Bobcats by a score of 65-60.
Despite shooting 54.5 percent from the field in the opening quarter, the Bobcats trailed Converse after the first due to turning the ball over nine times, 18-15. Markia Stacey scored eight of LMC's 18 points in the frame.
Converse's offense went cold in the second quarter connecting on just three of its 14 attempts in the frame. The Bobcats took full advantage of the Valkyries' cold shooting as they opened up a game-high 10-point lead on Converse, 31-21. Converse, however, went on an 8-0 run to end the stanza to get back within two points (31-29) going into halftime.
Lees-McRae and Converse played a closely contested third quarter. LMC ended up outscoring the Valkyries by three, which expanded its lead to five going into the fourth, 47-42. A major reason for the Bobcats being able to stay in front was their shooting from the free throw line. Lees-McRae knocked down 5-of-6 free throw attempts with Jayne Yocum leading these efforts going 3-for-4.
The Bobcats continued to hold the lead until about three minutes remaining in regulation. Once it went ahead, Converse went on a 6-2 run over the final minutes to finish off the 65-60 victory.
Stacey ended up leading the Bobcats with 16 points Saturday. Brea Forbes was the only other LMC player to finish in double-figures with 12 points.
Lees-McRae, now 1-14 overall and 1-8 in league play, will return to action Tuesday when it hosts Limestone at Williams Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.