BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will ring in the new year with three conference games away from Banner Elk this week. LMC will travel to North Greenville Tuesday before heading to Barton and Mount Olive on Friday and Saturday. All three games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. start times.
Last Time Out: Lees-McRae fell by a score of 78-62 to UNC Greensboro in an exhibition contest on New Year's Eve. Junior Markia Stacey paced LMC in that contest with 17 points and added a team-high seven assists.
Long Distance Sharp-Shooters: One strength of LMC so far in 2017-18 has been its ability to shoot from three-point range. The Bobcats have three players who rank in the top 10 among Conference Carolinas players in three-point field goal percentage. Stacey is second with a shooting percentage of 47.4 with Mackenzie Blankenship a spot behind Stacey with a 44.7 mark. Rounding out the trio is Karli Mason who is tenth in the league with a 40.5 shooting percentage.
Scoring Upgrade: LMC currently leads the league scoring 78.2 points per game on average. This mark is quite an improvement from last season as the team averaged just 61.8 points in 28 games in 2016-17.
Building Momentum on the Road: With its 79-62 win at Mars Hill on the 18th of December, LMC notched its first win of the season away from home. With their next four games set to be played on the road, the Bobcats hope to maintain that momentum they gained from that victory over MHU.
About the Opponents: North Greenville will hope that 2018 will hold better things than the latter stages of 2017 did for the team. NGU is 1-9 on the season and a 0-3 mark in league games. The Crusaders do have the second leading scorer in the conference in Karen Donehew on their team as she is averaging 19.2 points per contest.
After beginning the 2017-18 campaign with a 3-5 mark, Barton has rattled off three wins against Emmanuel (GA), Converse and Fayetteville State to boost its record to 6-5. Like NGU, the Bulldogs have a top scorer on their squad in Alex Kimble. Kimble is third in the league averaging 17.8 points per game.
UMO enters 2018 with a 4-8 record with three of its four victories coming at home. The Trojans have the top scorer in the conference in Felicity Havens. Havens is averaging 23.9 points per game with her best performance coming against Lenoir-Rhyne with a 41-point effort.
Series History vs. Opponents: LMC is 3-10 against NGU since 2009 with its last win coming in 2015. Against both Barton and Mount Olive, Lees-McRae will look to turn the tides as the program's records against those two schools since 2006 are 1-23 and 3-22, respectively.