Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team picked up its first win since late November Saturday when it used a strong defensive effort to upend Pfeiffer by a score of 56-43. It marked the first victory for LMC at Pfeiffer since the 2008-09 season.
Lees-McRae did not allow the Falcons to do much of anything offensively in the first quarter as it held them to 2-of-14 shooting from the field. On the flip side, the Bobcats connected on a trio of three-pointers to power a 17-point first quarter. Because of the sharp-shooting from the outside, Lees-McRae led the Falcons 17-9 after the first frame.
LMC continued to keep the pressure on the Falcon offense in the second quarter. The Bobcats extended their lead to as many as 16 points before Pfeiffer closed the stanza on a 4-0 run to get the deficit back down to 12 going into the locker room, 32-20.
When the two teams returned to the court from halftime, it seemed like the roles had been reversed from the opening two frames. The Bobcats went cold offensively shooting just 13.3 percent on 15 attempts in the third. Pfeiffer used the cold-shooting by LMC to further close the gap as it trailed by just one point, 42-41, heading to the fourth.
The strong defense for the Bobcats returned in the final frame, which allowed them to finish off the 13-point victory. Lees-McRae held Pfeiffer to a game-low two points in the fourth quarter. It marked the lowest point total for a LMC opponent in a quarter since the adoption of the four-quarter format prior to the 2015-16 season.
Sophomore Markia Stacey led the Bobcats in scoring for the seventh time this season with 20 points. Fellow sophomore Brea Forbes finished with her third double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.
The Bobcats will return to Williams Gymnasium Wednesday where they will open a season-long five-game home stand. LMC starts the long string of home games with a matchup against Erskine, who beat the Bobcats earlier this season by a score of 83-60. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.