Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Facing a five-game losing streak coming into play Monday, the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team snapped said streak with a 74-68 win over Erskine College at Williams Gymnasium. The victory boosts LMC's record to 5-10 overall and 2-7 in conference action.
Erskine jumped out to an early lead and held it after one quarter, 21-19. The Bobcats would not go away quietly though as they would outscore the Flying Fleet 24-12 in the second frame to pull in front 43-33 at the break for halftime. LMC's offense was performed well in the opening half shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range.
The Flying Fleet would try to chip away at the Bobcat lead for the duration of the second half. Erskine nearly completed the comeback with just 33 seconds remaining when it trailed LMC by two, 67-65. However, emotion got the better of the Flying Fleet as after a layup by Markia Stacey an Erskine player was called for a technical foul giving Lees-McRae a trio of free throws. The Bobcats hit all three free throws to seal the victory.
For the second straight game, Brea Forbes led the Bobcats in scoring on Saturday with 18 points to go along with six rebounds. Stacey added 11 points of her own with a team-high six assists. LMC also got some production from its bench as Breana Hardnett and Meg Crawford both finished with 10 points.
The Bobcats will return to action next Saturday when they host Limestone College in Banner Elk. Limestone edged LMC when the two teams matched up earlier this season in Gaffney, 82-80. Tip-off for Saturday's game is set for 2 p.m.