Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will close out its 2017-18 regular season this week with home games against Belmont Abbey on Tuesday and King on Friday. Both games are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae picked up an 82-69 win over Converse at Williams Gymnasium last Wednesday. The victory boosts the Bobcats' record to 10-14 overall and 7-11 in conference action.
Going on a Winning Streak – The Bobcats are playing their best basketball of the season as of late. Lees-McRae has won four straight games for the first time since the 2013-14 season. If LMC knocks off Belmont Abbey on Tuesday, it will mark the first five-game winning streak for the program since the 2012-13 campaign.
Player to Watch – Junior Breana Hardnett is a player to watch for the Bobcats in the two games this week. Hardnett is averaging 15.5 points per game in the two previous contests against the Crusaders and the Tornado. Hardnett scored 10 points at King in mid-January before scoring a season-high 21 points at Belmont Abbey on January 31.
Sealing Postseason Positioning – With their win over Converse last Wednesday, the Bobcats have clinched a spot in the upcoming Conference Carolinas women's basketball tournament. Currently, Lees-McRae sits in sixth place in the league standings. LMC could get as high as fifth in the conference if it wins both of its games this week, and it gets some help from some other teams in the other matchups around the league.
About the Opponents – Both Belmont Abbey and King reside in the upper half of the Conference Carolinas standings. BAC currently sits in second place behind Limestone with a 15-4 record in league action and an 18-8 mark overall. King, meanwhile, is fourth in the conference a 13-12 overall record and a 10-8 conference mark.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – The Crusaders and the Tornado have held the edge over the Bobcats over the years. Belmont Abbey is 21-4 against LMC since 2006, while King is 13-2 since 2009. Lees-McRae last defeated BAC in 2016, and its last win against the Tornado came in 2014.