HICKORY, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team started slowly Saturday at Lenior-Rhyne and it cost them as the Bobcats fell to the Bears by a score of 98-80. The loss drops Lees-McRae's record to 1-3 on the season.
The slow start by the Bobcats was two-fold as they struggled to get their own offense going, while also struggling to slow down Lenoir-Rhyne. The Bobcats trailed by nearly 30 points (52-23) after the first 20 minutes of play.
Lees-McRae improved greatly in the second half but the hole it dug in the first half proved too much to overcome as it fell by the 98-80 final score. LMC connected on 13 three-pointers in the second half to account for most of its 57 points in the second half. On the game, the Bobcats made 16 three-pointers, which is a season-high for the team.
For the second time in four games this season, freshman Karli Mason led Lees-McRae in scoring Saturday as she scored a career-high 24 points on eight three-pointers to go along with five rebounds. Mackenzie Blankenship chipped in four threes as well finishing with 14 points. Freshman Grace Canella finished with a career-high 11 points in 17 minutes of action. Rounding out the double figure scorers for LMC was Markia Stacey who scored 10 points with a team-high seven assists as well.
The Bobcats will look to get back in the win column when it opens Conference Carolinas play at home against Southern Wesleyan. Tip-off between the Bobcats and Warriors is set for 5:30 p.m. from Williams Gymnasium.