Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will have a busy week with three games over the next five days. First, Lees-McRae will travel to Emmanuel (GA) on Tuesday before coming back home to host Mount Olive and Barton on Friday and Saturday. Tuesday's and Friday's games are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. with Saturday's set for a 2 p.m. tip-off.
Last Time Out – LMC dropped a 69-59 decision to Limestone last Saturday at Williams Gymnasium. The loss dropped the Bobcats' record to 5-11 overall and 2-8 in league play.
Rebounding on the Road – Lees-McRae enters this week's play with a record of 1-9 on the road this season. LMC will hope to replicate the type of success it has enjoyed at home (4-2 record) during this next stretch of games as the team will play four of its next six games away from Banner Elk.
Time for a Tuesday Game – Tuesday's game at Emmanuel will mark the fourth game the Bobcats have played on a Tuesday this season. The squad owns a 2-1 record on Tuesdays with wins over P.R. Bayamon and Southern Wesleyan with the only setback coming at North Greenville.
Stacey stamping her name in the record book – Markia Stacey has dished out 326 assists during her time as a Bobcat. Those 326 helpers are tied for third all-time in the history of the program with former Bobcat Joey Morris. Stacey needs just three more assists to move into second place on that list in passing Patti Hoyle who has 328. Only Julie Hardison (402 assists) would be in front of Stacey on that list.
Bobcats with the Blocks – The Bobcats are currently averaging 3.1 blocks per game this season, which if the season ended today would tie the program record for the best blocking average in a single campaign matching the 1997-1998 squad. Freshman Meg Crawford has led these efforts for LMC ranking fourth in the conference with 21 blocks.
About the Opponents – All three of LMC's opponents have won at least four conference games so far this season. The Lions are 9-6 overall and 4-5 in league play with Mount Olive (7-11, 5-5) and Barton (13-5, 8-2) sitting a few spots ahead of Emmanuel. A player to watch out of these three teams is UMO's Felecity Havens. Havens is the league's leading scorer averaging 23.2 points per game and second in the conference in rebounding with a 10.0 mark.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – The Bobcats have not fared well historically against their three foes this week. Lees-McRae is 1-6 against Emmanuel, 3-23 against Mount Olive and 1-24 against Barton since the start of the 2005-2006 season. Additionally, all three teams own wins over the Bobcats already this season.