BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will wrap up a three-game home stand Saturday afternoon when it hosts Limestone at Williams Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
Last Time Out: LMC snapped a five-game losing skid last Monday when it upended Erskine by a score of 74-68. The win moves Lees-McRae's record to 5-10 overall and 2-7 in league action this season. Additionally, the five victories surpass the team's win total from all of last season.
Scoring Stat: The Bobcats currently lead the conference in scoring average with a mark of 75.3, which ranks 48th among Division II programs. If the Bobcats can keep up this pace for the rest of the season, it will be the sixth-highest scoring average in the history of the program.
Taking Care of the Ball: One key to LMC's improved play this season has been its ability to take care of the ball. Lees-McRae is tied with Limestone for the fewest turnovers in the league this season. The Bobcats also top the conference in assist turnover ratio in 2017-18 with a value of 0.90.
Building a Home Court Advantage: Lees-McRae has played much better on its home court as opposed to playing on the road. The Bobcats are 4-1 playing in Banner Elk compared to a 1-9 mark in road games. If LMC can win at least one more home game, it will mark the most wins for the team at home since 2013-14 when it won nine contests.
Balanced Bobcat Attack: LMC currently has four players averaging double figures in points this season in Brea Forbes (14.3), Markia Stacey (13.8), Karli Mason (10.9) and Mackenzie Blankenship (10.2). The last time LMC had three or more players average more than 10 points per game for a season was in 2014-15.
About the Opponent: Limestone enters Saturday's game at Lees-McRae sitting at the top of the Conference Carolinas standings with a 13-3 record overall and an 8-1 mark in league play. The Saints are powered by the duo of Keidra Smith and Jasmine Richardson. Smith and Richardson are both averaging over 17 points per contest.
Series History vs. Limestone: With an 82-80 win over the Bobcats in Gaffney earlier this season, the Saints are now 27-21 all-time against Lees-McRae. LMC has not defeated Limestone since 2009, and it has dropped the last 18 games to the Saints.