Women's Basketball

Slow start plagues Lees-McRae in 103-68 loss at Belmont Abbey

Slow start plagues Lees-McRae in 103-68 loss at Belmont Abbey

Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft

BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey College Crusaders used a fast start to knock off the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team Friday evening in Conference Carolinas action by a final score of 103-68.

After the two teams played to a 4-4 tie in the opening two minutes of the contest, the Crusaders went on a 18-2 run over the remainder eight minutes of the quarter to help them open a 22-6 lead on the Bobcats. Markia Stacey scored four of LMC's points in the first quarter.

Belmont Abbey kept things rolling offensively in the second quarter shooting 66.7 percent from the field and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Additionally, the Crusaders also went 4-for-5 from three-point range in the frame. Through the continued stellar offense by Belmont Abbey, it extended its lead over LMC to 51-24 going into the locker room for halftime.

Lees-McRae put together its best offensive performance in the third quarter shooting 61.5 percent. Brea Forbes led the way for the Bobcats in the quarter with 10 points. Despite improved play by Lees-McRae, it still had trouble slowing down the Crusaders as they still scored 26 points in the stanza moving the score to 77-47.

The fourth and final quarter was controlled mainly from the free throw line. The two teams totaled 30 trips to the free throw line in the stanza. Forbes had 10 of the 17 attempts by Lees-McRae in the fourth, and she made eight of the 10 attempts. Unfortunately, the deficit was too large for LMC as it fell by the final score of 103-65.

Forbes ended Friday's game with a team-high 22 points and also collected the most rebounds for LMC with six. Stacey, who totaled 13 points, and Breana Hardnett, who scored 12 points, also finished in double figures in points.

LMC will be back in action Saturday evening when they travel to take on Pfeiffer. The Falcons picked up a 74-65 win against the Bobcats earlier this season in Banner Elk. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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