Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
WILSON, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team upended the Barton College Bulldogs on their home floor to start 2019 off with a win by a score of 79-65 on Wednesday (Jan. 2). It was Lees-McRae's first win over Barton since Jan. 15, 2014.
Game Summary - After the teams played to a 7-7 tie at the first quarter media timeout, Lees-McRae built two different five-point leads in the final two and a half minutes before the teams would trade baskets leaving the Bobcats up 18-14.
Back-to-back buckets by Markia Stacey opened the second quarter, before two free throws from Brea Forbes put the Bobcats up by 10 just over two minutes into the frame. Barton would trim the lead back down to six with their only four points of the quarter, before consecutive triples from Stacey and Destiny Johnson got the Lees-McRae lead back up to 12. Lees-McRae would continue to increase its lead as Barton went into a cold shooting spell to end the half, and the Bobcats led 41-18 at the break. Altogether, Lees-McRae out-scored Barton 23-4 in the frame.
The Bobcats led by as many as 26 in the third quarter, and the lead did not dip below 21 points at any point in the frame despite each team scoring 23 points in the quarter.
Lees-McRae led by at least 20 for the first half of the first quarter, before Barton was able to cut into the lead to trim it down a bit. Lees-McRae would keep the lead in double-figures for the remainder of the quarter to pick up a key conference win.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae shot 45.1 percent (32-71) from the floor, 41.7 percent (5-12) from three-point range and 83.3 percent (10-12) from the foul line. Four Bobcats scored in double figures in the win, led by a game-high 19 points from Forbes. Stacey and Breana Hardnett each contributed 13 in the win, while Crawford also scored 12 on the evening. Six other Bobcats scored in the win. Lees-McRae pulled down 43 rebounds in the win, with 12 coming on the offensive end and 21 on the defensive end. Forbes and Lakitia Basnight each grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the win. Stacey also dished out a team-high five assists in the game.
Up Next - Lees-McRae (6-6, 3-2 Conference Carolinas) returns to its home floor on Saturday (Jan. 5) to host Belmont Abbey, with tip-off set for 2 p.m.