Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
BANNER ELK, N.C. – In its final action before breaking for the holidays, the Lees-McRae women's basketball team has a pair of games on tap over the next several days. First, LMC will host UVa-Wise Saturday at Williams Gymnasium before traveling to Mars Hill Monday. Saturday's game is set for a 2 p.m. tip-off, while Monday's contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out: LMC dropped an 82-80 decision at Limestone last Saturday. The loss dropped Lees-McRae's record to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in league play.
Stacey Stats: Junior Markia Stacey paced the Bobcats last Saturday at Limestone scoring a season-high 20 points to go along with 10 assists. With those 10 assists, Stacey's season assist total sits at 46, which leads Conference Carolinas. Additionally, Stacey now ranks sixth in the history of LMC women's basketball with 276 assists in her career.
Stepping Up the Scoring: One change that Lees-McRae has made this season has been its improved work offensively. LMC leads the conference averaging 77.3 points per game compared to a 61.8 mark last season. If the Bobcats can continue on this pace for the rest of the season, it will mark the highest scoring average for the program since the 1998-1999 season when it also averaged 77.3.
Bobcats for Three: A major reason for LMC's increase in scoring has been its improved shooting from beyond the arc. Lees-McRae has attempted the third-most three-pointers per game in NCAA Division II women's basketball (10.3). LMC has also connected on a solid percentage of those attempts as it is shooting them at a 36.9 percent clip. Only Belmont Abbey (37.2) has a better three-point shooting percentage this season among Conference Carolinas schools.
About the Opponents: The Cavaliers enter Saturday's game with the Bobcats with a 2-7 record overall and a 1-5 mark in Mountain East play. UVa-Wise has struggled away from home this season as it is 0-6 in road or neutral site contests compared to a 2-1 mark on its home court.
Mars Hill is looking to snap a nine-game losing streak when it faces LMC on Monday. MHU, which is 1-10 on the season, knocked off Converse for its lone victory so far.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: Both UVa-Wise and Mars Hill defeated Lees-McRae last season by scores of 68-46 and 71-70, respectively. Last season's matchup was the only meeting between the Cavaliers and Bobcats. As for the Mars Hill series, the Lions have won four of the five meetings since 2008. LMC's lone win over Mars Hill came in 2013, 82-68.