BANNER ELK, N.C. – After opening its season with four straight non-conference games, the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will open its Conference Carolinas schedule with a pair of games this week. LMC will start the week by hosting Southern Wesleyan Tuesday before heading out on the road to take on Converse Saturday. Start times for those games are set for 5:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
Last Time Out: Despite hitting a season-high 16 three-pointers, the Bobcats fell on the road at Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday by a score of 98-80. The loss moves LMC's record to 1-3 on the season.
First Win Down: The Bobcats picked up their first win of the season last Tuesday when they defeated P.R. Bayamon by a score of 67-59 at Williams Gymnasium. The victory is also the first for new Head Coach Keith "Mister" Jennings.
More Threes for Mason: Freshman Karli Mason has been one of the more dangerous three-point shooters in early going this season. Mason currently leads all Conference Carolinas players with 18 three-pointers made. The Monroe, N.C. native is shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc so far in her collegiate career.
Second Spot for Stacey: Junior Markia Stacey is currently second in the conference with 23 assists on the season. With her assist numbers this season, Stacey has moved into eighth place on the program's all-time assist list with 253 helpers. Stacey needs just 19 more assists to move into seventh place on that list.
About the Opponents: When Southern Wesleyan comes to Banner Elk Tuesday night, it will be in search of its first victory of the 2017-18 season. SWU, who is currently 0-3 so far, has fallen to Anderson, Queens and Emmanuel (GA) so far this season. The Warriors have been led this season by the duo of Breanna Richardson and Tatiyana Mahone who are averaging 14.3 and 13.0 points per game, respectively.
Converse enters this week with a 4-3 record this season. The Valkyries have been especially tough playing on their home court after posting a 4-1 record in 2017-18. Freshman Nigeria Davis has provided a spark for Converse so far as she is averaging 8.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: Lees-McRae has held edge over both SWU and Converse over the years. LMC is 17-5 all-time against Converse and it has won four of the six matchups against SWU. The Bobcats split the two contests against the Warriors and Valkyries last season with both of LMC's wins coming on its home court.