Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – With just two weeks remaining in the 2017-18 regular season, the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will host Converse Wednesday night in a key Conference Carolinas matchup. Tip-off between the Bobcats and Valkyries is set for 5:30 p.m.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae picked up its third consecutive win on Saturday when it knocked off North Greenville, 82-69, in Banner Elk. LMC improved to 9-14 overall and 6-11 in conference play with the victory over the Crusaders.
Setting a New Standard – With the nine wins on the campaign, first-year Head Coach Keith 'Mister' Jennings has led the Bobcats to their most wins in a season since 2013-14 when the program won 12 contests.
Lees-McRae's Long Distance Shooting Stats - LMC currently ranks in the top 15 nationally in three-pointers attempted (10th – 626), made (14th – 208) and made three-pointers per game (10th – 9.0). All three of those marks lead the Conference Carolinas in 2017-18.
More assists for Markia – Junior point guard Markia Stacey has already set a new career-high with 140 assists this season. The Morganton, N.C. native needs just 11 more helpers over the course of the next three games to break the program's single-season record in that category. On a national scale, Stacey is 11th in assists and seventh in assists per game (6.4).
Postseason Positioning – Heading into Wednesday's game, the Bobcats currently sit in sixth place in the Conference Carolinas standings. Depending upon the results around the league, Lees-McRae could finish as high as fifth. After the tilt against Converse, the Bobcats host Belmont Abbey on Feb. 20 and King (Tenn.) on Feb. 23 to close out the regular season.
About Converse – Much like Lees-McRae, Converse is still battling to assure themselves a spot in the conference tournament. The Valkyries are a half game behind LMC and currently sit in seventh place. Converse's top player this season has been Brianna James. James is averaging 16.3 points per game, which is the seventh-highest in the conference.
Series History vs. Converse – Lees-McRae holds a record of 17-6 against the Valkyries since 2006. However, Converse holds a two-game winning streak against the Bobcats, including at 96-90 win in Spartanburg, S.C. earlier this season in overtime.