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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team returns to its home floor at Williams Gymnasium this week, hosting two Conference Carolinas opponents in Southern Wesleyan on Wednesday (Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m.) and North Greenville on Saturday (Dec. 15, 2 p.m.). Video and live stats for both games will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae (4-4, 1-1 Conference Carolinas) enters the week fourth in Conference Carolinas in scoring at 71.4 points per game, while allowing 73.6 points per game. Meg Crawford's 14.1 points per game lead the team and are ninth individually in the conference, while Brea Forbes is second on the team with an average of 13.0 points per game and Markia Stacey is third on the team averaging 10.6 points per game. Lees-McRae is third in the league in rebounding as a team pulling down 42.3 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 49.8 rebounds per game against them. Crawford's 9.3 rebounds per game also lead the team and are third individually in the league, while Forbes is also second on the team in rebounds at 6.6 per game. Stacey's 4.8 assists per game lead the team and are also second individually in the conference. The Bobcats are sixth in the league in shooting at 37.8 percent, while also shooting 26.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Last Week - Lees-McRae picked up its first Conference Carolinas win last Tuesday (Dec. 4) in an 81-78 decision over Limestone, LMC's first victory over Limestone since the 2009 Conference Carolinas tournament. The Bobcats also dropped a Division I exhibition at UNC Greensboro last Thursday (Dec. 6).
About the Opponents - Southern Wesleyan enters the week at 5-4 overall and 0-2 in Conference Carolinas coming off a 63-59 win over Auburn Montgomery back on Dec. 8. SWU comes into the matchup 10th in the league in scoring at 67.4 points per game, while also having the seventh-best scoring defense in the league giving up 69.3 points per game. Iva Krstevska leads the team and is tied for sixth individually in the league averaging 14.9 points per game, while Emily Waters chips in 12.1 points per game and Tiana Sherman adds 11.7 points per game. SWU is also 10th in the league in rebounding grabbing 36.8 boards per game, while also being seventh in the league in rebounding defense allowing opponents 42.6 rebounds per game. Lisana Burnett leads the team on the glass averaging 6.9 rebounds per game, while Krstevska is second on the team at 6.1 boards per game. Krstevska is also seventh in the league individually in assists at 3.7 per game. SWU is the fourth-best shooting team in the conference at 39.2 percent, while being ninth in the league from long range at 27.6 percent.
North Greenville enters the week at 2-6 overall and 1-2 in Conference Carolinas play, hosting Emmanuel (Ga.) on Wednesday (Dec. 12) before traveling to Banner Elk. North Greenville is last in the league in scoring at 61.4 points per game, while having the eighth-best scoring defense in the league allowing opponents 70.5 points per game. Karen Donahew leads the team and is fourth individually in the league averaging 16.3 points per game. She is also the only Crusader scoring in double figures on the season. North Greenville is the fifth-best rebounding team in the conference at 41.4 rebounds per game, while teams grab 45.1 rebounds per game against them. Donahew is also the team's leading rebounder pulling down 7.7 rebounds per game. North Greenville shoots 32.8 percent from the floor as a team, while also shooting 30.9 percent from downtown and being tied for sixth in the conference in three-point shooting.
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be the ninth all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Southern Wesleyan, with LMC leading the all-time series 6-2. Lees-McRae swept the season series against SWU last year.
This will be the 16th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and North Greenville, with NGU leading the all-time series 11-4. The two teams split last year's season series, with each team winning on their home floor.