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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team continues on with its four-game homestand this week, making up the postponed game with Catawba on Monday (Nov. 19) at 5 p.m. and then returning from the Thanksgiving holiday to face Newberry on Saturday (Nov. 24) at 2 p.m. Video and live stats will be available for both games at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - The Bobcats enter the week tenth in the league in scoring at 63.0 points per game, while also being eighth in the league in scoring defense giving up 68.7 points per game. LMC is fifth in the league in rebounding averaging 41.0 rebounds per game, while allowing opponents 49.3 boards per game. The Bobcats are tenth in the league in shooting at 35.1 percent from the floor, and also eighth in the league from downtown at 27.0 percent. Meg Crawford's 14.7 points per game lead the team and are tied for eighth in Conference Carolinas, while Brea Forbes is second on the team in scoring averaging 9.0 points per game. Crawford's 8.0 boards per game also lead the team and are tied for seventh in the league, while Forbes's 6.3 rebounds per game are also second on the team. Crawford is also leading the team in shooting at 60.7 percent, which is the fourth-highest mark in the league. Taylor Fluette (46.2 percent) is the only other Bobcat shooting over 40 percent on the season. Mackenzie Blankenship is leading the team from beyond the arc (50.0 percent) and is also tied for fourth in the conference.
Last Time Out - The Bobcats earned their first home win of the season on Saturday (Nov. 17) in an 83-74 win over Livingstone College. LMC shot 43.5 percent (30-69) from the floor, 30.0 percent from downtown (6-20) and 70.8 percent from the charity stripe (17-24). Crawford led the scoring effort with a career-high 27 points, while Forbes also poured in 13 points in the win, while seven other Bobcats scored in the win. The Bobcats won the battle of the boards 53-51, with 39 rebounds on the defensive end and 14 on the offensive end. Individually, Crawford and Forbes completed their double-doubles in the rebound category, with Crawford snagging a team-high 12 and Forbes pulling down 11. It was the first double-digit rebound effort for a Bobcat since Jan. 13 of last season when Forbes pulled down 18 against Emmanuel (Ga.). Markia Stacey also finished with a game-high eight assists on the night.
About the Opponents - Catawba comes into the matchup off their first win of the season on Saturday (Nov. 17), in which they defeated Fayetteville State 76-56. Catawba comes into the week as the sixth-best scoring team in the SAC at 72.7 points per game, while being seventh in the league in scoring defense at 69.7 points per game. Catawba is also the third-best rebounding team in the league pulling down 47.7 boards per game while allowing opponents the eighth-lowest rebounding total in the league at 42.3 rebounds per game.Catawba is the 10th-best shooting team (34.5 percent) in the SAC, while being the eighth-best team in the league from long range at 23.6 percent. Taisha DeShazo leads the Indians this season in scoring at 16.0 points per game, which is tied for seventh in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). Talia Barnes (11.0) and Madison Hallman (10.0) are the only other Indians who average double-figure scoring. DeShazo is also the team's leading rebounder and tied for ninth in the conference at 9.9 boards per game. Barnes is the team's best shooter from the floor and tied for 11th in the conference at 50.0 percent, while Hallman leads the team from beyond the arc at 33.3 percent.
Newberry comes into the week at 3-0 after a 67-63 win at Division I Winthrop on Saturday (Nov. 17). They begin South Atlantic Conference play at Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday (Nov. 20) before coming to Banner Elk. Newberry is second in the league in scoring at 80.3 points per game, while being fifth in scoring defense at 65.3 points per game. The Wolves are also second in the league in rebounding pulling down 48.0 boards per game, while allowing opponents to 35.3 rebounds per game which is the third-lowest average in the SAC. Newberry is sixth in the league in shooting at 42.2 percent, while being third in the league from downtown at 35.2 percent. Meg Essex leads the team in scoring and is fifth in the conference at 17.3 points per game, while teammates Regan McCarty (16.7 points per game) and Shelby Britten (16.0 points per game) are ranked sixth and seventh in the conference respectively. Essex leads the team in shooting and is tied for seventh in the league at 55.6 percent, while McCarty is 11th in the league at 50.0 percent. Kelsey McDermott is eighth in the league from three-point range at 44.4 percent, while McCarty is tied for tenth in the league at 43.8 percent.
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 second all-time meeting between LMC and Newberry, with Newberry getting the win in last year's meeting.