BANNER ELK, N.C. – Breana Hardnett scored a career-high 29 points, while Brea Forbes added 20 points to go along with 15 rebounds to help power the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team to a 85-77 win over Erskine Wednesday evening. It marked the second straight win for LMC as it improves to 3-18 on the season.
Both teams had 5-0 runs during the opening quarter, but neither lead lasted long. LMC scored the first five points of the game before Erskine rallied to score the next six points. The two teams continued to go back and forth in the first quarter. The Bobcats ended the first on a 4-0 run to get back within one of the Flying Fleet, 19-18.
LMC used a combination of stellar rebounding and cold shooting by Erskine to open a 35-24 lead going into halftime. Lees-McRae held the Flying Fleet to an 18.2 shooting percentage in the second. On the rebounding side, the Bobcats nearly doubled Erskine in that category, 19-10.
When the two teams returned to the court following halftime they found their collective grooves offensively. Both squads shot 55.6 percent or higher from the field in the third. In total LMC and Erskine combined to score 60 points in the third quarter. The Flying Fleet ended up outscoring the Bobcats in the frame, 32-28, which allowed them to cut into the deficit making the score 63-56 going to the fourth.
The Bobcats kept the pressure on the Flying Fleet in the final frame as it extended its lead to a game-high 12 points (85-73) on their way to an 85-77 victory. A major key for LMC down the stretch was a 9-for-10 effort from the free throw line. Hardnett went a perfect 4-for-4 and Anna Hairgrove knocked down three of four attempts to power these efforts for Lees-McRae.
In addition to the performances by Hardnett and Forbes, Lees-McRae had a few other standout performances Wednesday. Alexis Ammons and Markia Stacey finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Hairgove notched a career-high 11 rebounds in the victory.
Lees-McRae will look to pick up its third win in a row Saturday when it hosts Southern Wesleyan. The Bobcats and Warriors are slated to get underway at 2 p.m.