CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Queens University of Charlotte scored 23 of 80 points Wednesday in the second quarter to pull in front of the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team for good as the Royals defeated the Bobcats, 80-68. The loss drops LMC's record to 0-2 on the season.
A major part of the Bobcats' offense on Wednesday was from beyond the arc. Over half of LMC's points against the Royals came on three-pointers (36 of 68). Karli Mason led these efforts with five triples, while Mackenzie Blankenship and Taylor Fluette both drained three three-pointers.
These three-pointers were set up in part by junior Markia Stacey. The Morganton, N.C. dished out 10 assists in the game, which was the second-most in a game during Stacey's time as a Bobcat. With her performance Wednesday in the assist column, Stacey now ranks eighth in program history with 246 assists.
Overall, the Bobcats had a balanced scoring effort with five players reaching double figures in the game. For the second straight game, Mason led LMC in scoring with 15 points. Stacey chipped in 13, while Fluette and Blankenship both finished with 11. Rounding out the double-figure scorers was Alexis Ammons who totaled 10 points.
The difference in the game can be traced to the Royals' ability to draw fouls and get to the free throw line. Queens attempted 32 free throws Wednesday compared to just 17 for Lees-McRae. The Royals made 21 of those attempts from the charity stripe, which proved to be the deciding factor.
The Bobcats will open their home schedule next Tuesday when they welcome Puerto Rico-Bayamon to Banner Elk. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from Williams Gymnasium.