Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
CENTRAL, S.C. – With key postseason positioning at stake, the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team put together one of its best efforts of the 2017-18 season Tuesday as it knocked off Southern Wesleyan on the road, 77-61. The victory propels LMC to a record of 8-14 overall and 5-11 in conference play.
Southern Wesleyan was able to jump on the Bobcats early Tuesday night as it held a 21-12 lead after one quarter. Facing a deficit much like it did last Saturday at Erskine, Lees-McRae responded to cut SWU's lead all the way down to one point, 32-31, when the two teams went to the locker room for halftime. A major key for LMC remaining within striking distance was its production from its bench. 17 of the team's 31 points in the first came from players that did not start the contest. Meg Crawford and Alexis Ammons led this charge with six points each.
Neither Lees-McRae nor Southern Wesleyan shot the ball well in the opening minutes of the second half as the score remained 32-31 until over four minutes came off the clock in the third. Even when the two squads started playing better offensively, it didn't seem like either team could put a sustained run together to separate itself. That was until the Bobcats went on their first sizable run of the contest with 5:50 to go. The Bobcats outscored the Warriors 21-5 from that point until the final buzzer to seal a convincing 77-61 victory.
The Bobcats had an extremely balanced offense Tuesday night as six players finished with eight points or more. Pacing this group was Breana Hardnett who posted 17 points on the night. Not far behind was the duo of Mackenzie Blankenship and Meg Crawford who finished with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Lees-McRae will look to win its third game in a row Saturday when it welcomes North Greenville to Williams Gymnasium. The Crusaders and Bobcats are scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m.