HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team was picked eighth in the Conference Carolinas preseason coaches' poll, the league announced today (Thursday, Oct. 25).
Limestone topped the poll in first with 94 points and five first-place votes, while Barton was voted second with 89 points and four first-place votes. King came in third with 81 points and one first-place vote, while Belmont Abbey was picked fourth with 77 points and the remaining first-place vote. Mount Olive was tabbed fifth with 65 points, while Emmanuel was picked sixth with 51 points. Next came North Greenville with 47 points, followed by Lees-McRae with 37 points. Erskine (24 points), Southern Wesleyan (21 points) and Converse (19 points) rounded out the poll.
LMC went 10-17 a year ago, including a 7-13 mark in Conference Carolinas play. Sophomore forward Meg Crawford, senior guard Brea Forbes and senior guard Markia Stacey were selected as players to watch for the Bobcats.
Crawford returns to the hardwood after a freshman season in which she scored 8.7 points per game and was also second on the team hauling in 5.5 boards per game. She led the team in field goal percentage, scoring 53.6 percent of the time. Crawford was also the team's shot-blocking leader with two per game.
Forbes returns as the team's leading scorer a season ago, pouring in 11.3 points per game to finish the season in the top 20 in the conference. Playing and starting all 27 games, she averaged 28.2 minutes per game and shot 34.4 percent from the floor and also 27.7 percent from long range. Forbes also led the Bobcats on the glass, grabbing a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game. Her rebounding average was 15th in the league last season.
Stacey returns for her senior season as the team's lone all-conference selection from last season, being selected to the all-conference third team a year ago. Stacey was the Bobcats first all-conference selection since the 2012-13 season. She was second on the team in scoring with 11.0 points per game, and also was third on the team in rebounding pulling down 4.3 boards per game. She led the conference in assists with 153 and also led in assists per game with 5.9. Her assists total notched a new program single-season record, and was also 13th individually in all of Division II. Her assist per game mark was also 10th in all of Division II.
LMC tips off the 2018-19 campaign at the Conference Carolinas-Peach Belt Conference Challenge on Nov. 9 when they take on Young Harris and North Georgia on Nov. 10 at Young Harris University in Young Harris, Ga.