Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae women's basketball team will have a busy week ahead of itself with three games in a six day period. LMC will begin the this stretch with a road game at King (Tenn.) Wednesday before coming back home to Banner Elk to host Emmanuel (GA) Saturday and Erskine on Monday. Wednesday's game is set for a 5:30 p.m. start time with both Saturday's and Monday's contests scheduled for 2 p.m. tip times.
Last Time Out: The Bobcats nearly knocked off Mount Olive on the road last Saturday but fell just short, 74-73. Saturday's defeat is the third straight for Lees-McRae as its record drops to 4-8 overall and 1-5 in Conference Carolinas play.
Three Ball Accuracy: LMC currently has three players ranking in the top 10 among Conference Carolinas players in three-point field goal percentage. Markia Stacey boasts the top shooting percentage in the league from long distance at 46 percent. Mackenzie Blankenship checks in at fourth place (42.9 percent) and Karli Mason is tied for ninth (39.3).
Boost from the Bobcat Bench: Lees-McRae has gotten solid production from its bench all season long as its outscoring the opposition on average 28.4 to 23.3. In the eight games as a sub, Blankenship leads these scoring efforts averaging 11.3 points per contest. Freshman Grace Canella has also performed well in a reserve role averaging 7.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 10 games.
Markia making her mark: Stacey has definitely been an integral part of LMC's success during her career as a Bobcat. With her 23 three-pointers and 75 assists this season, the Morganton, N.C. native now ranks in the program's all-time three-pointers made and assist lists. Stacey is fourth on the school's assist list with 305 and tied for eighth in three-pointers made with 109.
About the Opponents: King sits one game ahead of the Bobcats in the league standings as it is 5-9 overall and 2-5 in conference play. Kristen Cupples has been the top scorer for the Tornado so far averaging 10.6 points per game.
Emmanuel has the fourth-most wins in the conference coming in at 7-5 overall and 2-4 in conference. The duo of Mikayla Trombley and Taylor Delasbour have led the Lions attack averaging 11.5 and 10.0 points per game, respectively.
Erskine is one of five teams to have three or more conference wins in 2017-18. The Flying Fleet have had issues finding wins outside of the league, however, with an overall record of 4-8. Alexis Scott has been the standout player for Erskine this season nearly averaging a double-double with 11.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: The Tornado have held a decisive edge on LMC since 2009 with a 12-2 record during that span. LMC's last win in the series came on Jan. 27, 2014 by a score of 69-64. Like the series against King, Emmanuel has held the edge on the Bobcats as of late. The Lions are 5-1 against LMC since joining the league in 2015. Unlike those two series, the Bobcats and Flying Fleet each have 12 wins against the other program since 2006. LMC and Erskine have split the season series in each of the past two seasons with each team winning on its home court.