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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team returns to Conference Carolinas play following holiday break with two games this week, traveling to Barton College on Wednesday (Jan. 2, 5:30 p.m.) and hosting Belmont Abbey on Saturday (Jan. 5, 2 p.m.). Video and live stats for both games will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 5-6 overall and 2-2 in Conference Carolinas. The Bobcats are fourth in the league in scoring and one of four teams to average at least 70 points per game at 70.9, while allowing 74.6 points per game. Meg Crawford leads the team and is ninth individually in the conference averaging 13.5 points per game, while Brea Forbes is second on the team and 11th individually in the league scoring 13.2 points per game. Markia Stacey is the only other Bobcat averaging double figures at 12.6 points per game. The Bobcats are also the fourth-best rebounding team in the league pulling down 40.4 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 49.3 boards per game against them. Crawford also leads the team on the glass and is 11th in the conference individually hauling in an average of 7.8 rebounds per game. The Bobcats are ninth in the league in shooting at 36.2 percent from the floor, while also being fourth in the league from long range at 32.0 percent.
Last Time Out - Lees-McRae dropped a non-conference decision back on Dec. 18 to Lenoir-Rhyne 85-55.
About the Opponents - Barton enters the week at 10-2 overall and 3-2 in Conference Carolinas. Barton is currently the third-best scoring team in the conference averaging 72.0 points per game, while also being second in scoring defense allowing opponents 58.9 points per game. Kianna Wynn leads the team and is second individually in the league averaging 24.1 points per game, while Dinah Neal is second on the tam chipping in 8.8 points per game. Barton is also the second-best rebounding team in the league grabbing 46.0 boards per game, while allowing the third-lowest opponent rebounding average in the league (37.3). Shanika Peterkin leads the team and is second individually in the league in rebounds per game averaging 11.4, while Wynn is second on the team and third in the league with an average of 9.5. Barton is fifth in the league in shooting and also one of five teams to shoot at least 40 percent on the season (40.3 percent), while also being eighth in the league from beyond the arc at 30.1 percent.
Belmont Abbey enters the week at 7-4 overall and 4-1 in Conference Carolinas. The Crusaders take on Catawba on the road on Monday (Dec. 31) and host Erskine on Thursday (Jan. 3) before venturing to Banner Elk. Belmont Abbey leads the league in scoring at 73.8 points per game, while being third in the league in scoring defense allowing 67.5 points per game. Maria Kuhlman leads the team and is third individually in the conference in scoring averaging 16.7 points per game, while Allie Downing is second on the team averaging 12.5 points per game. The Crusaders also are third in the league in rebounding pulling down 41.1 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to a league-best 36.7 rebounds per game. Belmont Abbey is second in the league in shooting at 42.7 percent from the floor, while also leading league from downtown at 37.6 percent.
Series History vs. Opponents - Since 2005, this will be the 27th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Barton. Barton leads the all-time series 26-1.
Since 2005, this will be the 27th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Belmont Abbey. Belmont Abbey leads the series 22-4.