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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will take the floor three times this week against Conference Carolinas opponents. The week begins with a Tuesday evening (Jan. 8) matchup at Erskine (5:30 p.m.), followed by a make-up game at home against Mount Olive on Thursday (Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m.) and a matinee contest at home against Emmanuel (Ga.) on Saturday (Jan. 12, 2 p.m.). Video and live stats for all three games will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
The game against Mount Olive is being made up as part of a prior postponement due to inclement weather. In turn, the game against Mount Olive on Jan. 19 scheduled to be played at Lees-McRae will be played at Mount Olive. Also, Jan. 10 is Church Night. In lieu of admission, fans can bring bulletins from their local church to be shown at the door. Also, Jan. 12 is YMCA Day. All kids wearing their YMCA jerseys are admitted free and will also get a free t-shirt.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 6-7 overall and 3-3 in Conference Carolinas after falling to Belmont Abbey 74-66 back on Saturday (Jan. 5). Lees-McRae is fourth in Conference Carolinas in scoring averaging 71.2 points per game, while allowing opponents 73.8 points per game. Brea Forbes leads the team's scoring effort and is eighth individually in the conference pouring in 14.2 points per game, while Meg Crawford is second on the team and 11th individually in the league averaging 13.4 points per game. The Bobcats are fifth in the conference in rebounding pulling down 40.0 boards per game, while opponents grab 49.8 rebounds per game against them. Crawford leads the rebounding effort at 7.5 rebounds per game, which is 11th individually in the conference. Lees-McRae is ninth in the league in shooting at 36.9 percent from the floor, and also fifth in the league from beyond the arc at 31.2 percent. Markia Stacey's 5.3 assists per game also lead the conference.
About the Opponents - Erskine enters the week at 3-9 overall and 0-4 in Conference Carolinas after defeating Piedmont International 64-39 in their last game on Saturday (Jan. 5). Erskine is 10th in the league in scoring averaging 65.7 points per game, while also being eighth in the league in scoring defense allowing opponents 69.9 points per game. Megan Davis leads the team and is sixth individually in the conference scoring 15.1 points per game, while Alexis Scott (12.3 points per game) and Myranda Parham (11.9 points per game) are the other members of the Flying Fleet to average double-figure scoring. Erskine is sixth in the league in rebounding averaging 39.7 rebounds per game, while also being eighth in the league in rebounding defense allowing opponents 42.6 boards per game. Scott leads the team and is third individually in the conference grabbing 9.8 rebounds per game, while Madison Whitt is second on the team pulling down 7.0 boards per game. Erskine shoots 35.1 percent from the floor as a team, while also being ninth in the league from long range at 30.9 percent. Emani Bell leads the team in assists, dishing out 2.7 assists per game.
Mount Olive enters the week 8-3 overall and 4-1 in Conference Carolinas, hosting Converse in league action on Tuesday (Jan. 8) before coming to Banner Elk. Mount Olive is seventh in the league in scoring averaging 68.5 points per game, while also being the third-best scoring defense in the conference allowing 65.2 points per game. Felicity Havens leads the team and the conference averaging 24.7 points per game, while Jada Bacchus also averages in double figures scoring 12.9 points per game. Mount Olive pulls down 33.4 rebounds per game, while boasting the league's best rebounding defense allowing opponents just 35.8 rebounds per game. Bacchus leads the team and is also fifth individually in Conference Carolinas grabbing 9.0 rebounds per game, while Havens is second on the team and seventh in the league pulling down 8.5 boards per game. Mount Olive is second in the conference in shooting at 41.6 percent, and they also shoot just 29.3 percent from downtown. Bacchus leads the team in helpers averaging 1.8 assists per game.
Emmanuel (Ga.) enters the week at 8-5 overall and an even 3-3 in Conference Carolinas, after dropping a 74-70 contest to Limestone back on Saturday (Jan. 5). The Lions defeated the Bobcats 68-61 in Franklin Springs, Ga. Back on Dec. 1. Emmanuel (Ga.) is the sixth-best scoring team in the league averaging 69.8 points per game, while being second in the league in scoring defense and just one of two teams to hold teams to an average of under 60 points per game (59.9). Hannah Grogan leads the team averaging 11.4 points per game, while Taylor Delasbour (11.2 points per game) and Lochlain Corliss (10.6 points per game) are the only other Lions to average double-figure scoring on the season. Emmanuel (Ga.) is ninth in the league in rebounding pulling down 37.6 rebounds per game, while also having the sixth-best rebounding defense in the league allowing opponents 40.2 boards per game. Corliss is the team's leading rebounder, grabbing 5.5 rebounds per game. Emmanuel (Ga.) is tied for seventh in the conference in shooting at 39.2 percent, while being tied for sixth in three-point shooting at 31.0 percent. Corliss leads the team in assists per game and is also third individually in the conference at 4.6 per game.
Series History vs. Opponents - Since 2005, this will be the 27th meeting between Lees-McRae and Erskine. Lees-McRae leads the series 14-12.
Since 2005, this will be the 28th meeting between Lees-McRae and Mount Olive, with Mount Olive leading the series 23-4.
This will be the ninth all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Emmanuel (Ga.), with Emmanuel (Ga.) leading the series 8-1.