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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will return to its home floor in Williams Gymnasium this week to start a four-game homestand, hosting Catawba on Thursday (Nov. 15) at 7 p.m. and Livingstone on Saturday (Nov. 17) at 2 p.m. Video and live stats for both games will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - The Bobcats enter the week 1-1 two non-league games. LMC is 10th in the league in scoring averaging 53.0 points per game, while being seventh in scoring defense giving up 66.0 points per game. LMC is also eighth in the league in rebounding pulling down 35.0 boards per game, while allowing opponents 48.5 rebounds per game (tied for eighth). The Bobcats are 10th in the league in shooting at 30.3 percent, while also eighth in the league in three-point shooting at 25.9 percent. Meg Crawford is the team's leading scorer after two games averaging 8.5 points per game, while Taylor Fluette is also chipping in 8.0 points per game. Crawford is also the team's leading rebounder grabbing 6.0 boards per game, while Lakitia Basnight also pulls down 5.5 rebounds per game. Fluette is the team's best shooter so far with a mark of 54.5 percent, which is 12th individually in Conference Carolinas. Mackenzie Blankenship (50.0 percent) and Crawford (46.2 percent) are the only other Bobcats to shoot at least 40 percent so far on the season. Blankenship's 75.0 percent from downtown leads the team and is tied for fourth individually in the conference, while Fluette is shooting 50.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Last Time Out - The Bobcats competed at the Conference Carolinas-Peach Belt Conference Challenge over the weekend, defeating Young Harris 59-54 on Friday (Nov. 9) and falling to No. 14 North Georgia 78-47 on Saturday (Nov. 10).
About the Opponents - Catawba comes into the week 0-2 after dropping two close contests in the South Atlantic Conference-Conference Carolinas Challenge over last weekend. Catawba enters the week sixth in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) in scoring averaging 71.0 points per game, and eighth in the league in scoring defense giving up 78.6 points per game. Catawba is tied for being the third-best rebounding team in the SAC pulling down 46.0 boards per game, while being ninth in the league in rebounding defense allowing opponents 48.5 rebounds per game. The Indians are 10th in the league both from the floor and beyond the arc, shooting 33.6 percent overall and just 19.6 percent from long range. Taisha DeShazo is the team's leading scorer dropping 13.5 points per game, while Talia Barnes (11.5) and Madison Hallman are the only other Indians averaging double figures on the season. Barnes is the team's leader on the glass, hauling in 7.5 rebounds per game which is tied for ninth in the SAC. Keyotta Garris is the team's best shooter at 66.7 percent, while Hallman and Marissa Bruce each shoot 33.3 from three-point land.
Livingstone enters the week 0-2 after dropping two games in a conference challenge tournament against two Mountain East Conference opponents. They will go on the road on Wednesday (Nov. 14) for a non-conference matchup with Morris College (S.C.) before coming to Banner Elk. The Blue Bears average 97.0 points per game while allowing 115.0 points per game. They also pull down 52.0 boards per game while allowing opponents 57.0 rebounds per game. Livingstone shoots 40.7 percent from the floor, and also 27.9 percent from beyond the arc. Darra Walker is the team's leading scorer averaging 23.0 points per game, while Daisa Harris also pours in 17.0 points per game. Adel Allen drops 15.5 points per game, while Kyala Searcy adds 12.0 points per game. Kedra Bradley is the final Blue Bear averaging double figures at 10.0 points per game. Searcy is also the team's leading rebounder, grabbing 12.5 boards per game. Bradley is the team's best shooter at 53.3 percent, while Searcy also shoots 40.0 percent from long range.
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be the second all-time meeting between LMC and Catawba, with Catawba winning the only meeting between the two teams back in 2010.
This will be the first-ever meeting between LMC and Livingstone.