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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will play its final game before holiday break on Tuesday (Dec. 18), hosting Lenoir-Rhyne for a 2 p.m. tip-off. Video and live stats will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae comes into the matchup with an even 5-5 overall record, as well as a 2-2 mark in Conference Carolinas. Lees-McRae boasts the second-highest scoring average in the conference at 72.5 points per game, while allowing 73.6 points per game. Meg Crawford leads the team and is seventh individually in the conference in scoring averaging 14.3 points per game, while Brea Forbes is second on the team and 10th individually chipping in 13.7 points per game. Markia Stacey is the other Bobcat to average double-figure scoring on the season, adding 11.8 points per game. Lees-McRae is also the seventh-best rebounding team in the conference, averaging 26.7 rebounds per game while opponents grab 48.5 rebounds per game against them. Crawford is the team's leading rebounder and also sixth in the league pulling down 8.5 boards per game, while Forbes is second on the team in rebounding at 6.8 rebounds per game. Lees-McRae is the ninth-best shooting team in the conference at 36.6 percent from the floor, while they are also fifth in the league from beyond the arc at 31.3 percent.
Last Week - The Bobcats split their two Conference Carolinas games last week, falling to Southern Wesleyan 93-88 on Dec. 12 but rebounding to beat North Greenville 66-54 on Dec. 15. In the game against North Greenville, Stacey became the 11th player in women's basketball program history to score 1,000 career points, and also the second player this season to accomplish the feat after Brea Forbes eclipsed the mark back on Nov. 19 against Catawba.
About the Opponent - Lenoir-Rhyne comes into the matchup at 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). The Bears dropped their only game last week, losing 70-59 at Anderson (S.C.) on Saturday (Dec. 15). The Bears are eighth in the league in scoring averaging 66.9 points per game, while also having the fifth-best scoring defense in the league allowing 63.8 points per game. Madi Suddreth leads the team and is tied for ninth individually in the conference with an average of 15.0 points per game, while while Kendall Toineeta is second on the team and 12th individually in the league averaging 14.3 points per game. L-R is seventh in the SAC in both rebounding and rebounding defense, grabbing 38.8 boards per game while opponents pull down 40.2 rebounds per game against them. Suddreth and Karli Bearden share the team lead in rebounds per game at 6.2. Lenoir-Rhyne is the seventh-best shooting team in the SAC at 40.0 percent from the floor, and they are also fifth in the league from long range at 29.7 percent.
Series History vs. Lenoir-Rhyne - This will be the 11th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Lenoir-Rhyne, with L-R leading the all-time series 7-3. Lenoir-Rhyne won last season's meeting 98-80 in Hickory, N.C.