Women's Basketball

Third Quarter Surge leads UNCG past Lees-McRae in an exhibition game Sunday, 78-62

Third Quarter Surge leads UNCG past Lees-McRae in an exhibition game Sunday, 78-62

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro outscored the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team 23-13 in the third quarter Sunday afternoon to race past the Bobcats by a score of 78-62 in an exhibition contest.

Lees-McRae opened the game exchanging buckets with the Spartans. The score was knotted at 13 until UNCG went on a 7-0 run to gain the lead on LMC for good. The Bobcats scored four straight points to close out the frame to make the score 20-16 after one quarter.

The Bobcats began the second quarter shooting 3-for-4 from the field, but their offense went cold after that point. LMC went 1-for-11 to close out the frame. Brea Forbes scored all six of LMC's points during this cold spell accounting for the lone field goal and adding four free throws. Despite the cold shooting by the Bobcats, UNCG wasn't able to extend its lead as it still held a four-point advantage at the halftime break, 33-29.

UNCG opened up its lead in a major way in the third quarter. LMC did not make a field goal for nearly four minutes in the third and unlike in the second, the Spartans took full advantage of Lees-McRae's cold shooting outscoring the Bobcats 23-13 in the stanza. This separation brought the score to 56-42 at the end of the three quarters.

LMC fared much better in the fourth quarter offensively, but it proved too little too late as UNCG held on for the 78-62 victory over the Bobcats. 12 of UNCG's 22 points in the final frame came from the free throw line.

A major key in Sunday's game was UNCG's work on the glass. The Spartans out-rebounded LMC 49-27 overall, including a 17-5 margin in offensive rebounds. Those offensive rebounds for UNCG led to 19 second chance points on the day.

Markia Stacey led all Bobcat scorers with 17 points Sunday and also dished out seven assists in the contest. Mackenzie Blankenship chipped in 14 points as the only other double digit scorer for LMC.

LMC will return to conference action Tuesday when it heads to North Greenville for its first game of 2018. Tip-off between the Bobcats and Crusaders is set for 5:30 p.m.

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