Bobcats start fast but fall on the road at Emmanuel, 77-55

Bobcats start fast but fall on the road at Emmanuel, 77-55

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team led by as many as 10 points Tuesday night at Emmanuel (GA) College, but it was the latter who came out on top as the Lions defeated the Bobcats, 77-55. The loss moves LMC's record to 5-12 overall and 2-9 in league play.

The Bobcats used a trio of factors to lead the Lions for the bulk of the first half. Over half of Lees-McRae's points in the opening 20 minutes came via the three-pointer with seven made shots from beyond the arc. Additionally, the Bobcats received great production from their bench with 19 points and their defense forced 11 turnovers leading to 14 points. With all three of these factors working, the Bobcats led Emmanuel, 36-31, at the halftime break.

The second half proved to be all Emmanuel. The Lions kept the Bobcat offense in check and improved their own scoring efforts immensely to not only gain the lead but also grow it to as many as 25 points in the second half to win Tuesday's matchup, 77-55.

Markia Stacey was the lone Bobcat to finish in double figures Tuesday finishing with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. More importantly, however, Stacey registered three assists on the night to move her into second place on the program's all-time assist list with 328.

The Bobcats will return home Friday when they play host to Mount Olive. Friday's game is the team's 'Gold Out' so fans are encouraged to wear gold, and there will also be gold t-shirts given to the first 100 fans in attendance. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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