Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
DUE WEST, S.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team got back in the win column with a 72-61 win at Erskine College in Conference Carolinas action on Tuesday night (Jan. 8).
Game Summary - The Bobcats scored the first 13 points of the game over the first 2:48, with buckets coming from Lakitia Basnight, Brea Forbes, Destiny Johnson and Markia Stacey. While Lees-McRae would score another 10 points in the quarter, they would hold Erskine to single digits until the final minute and a half of the frame. Lees-McRae led 23-14 after 10 minutes.
The Bobcats were able to hold Erskine to 14 points in the second quarter, having the Flying Fleet doubled up on two different occasions in the frame and nearly doubling them up in total. Lees-McRae used a 10-2 run over the first 4:47 of the quarter, before a solo eight-point run by Forbes over 54 seconds helped extend the lead as to as many as 24. After the two teams traded scores in the final minute of the first half, Lees-McRae led 49-28 at the break.
Erskine would open up the third quarter on a 5-2 run, and eventually trim the Bobcats lead to nine in the final minute and a half of the quarter. The lead would stay above 10 for most of the quarter, despite Lees-McRae only scoring seven points in the third quarter from Forbes and Stacey. The Flying Fleet out-scored Lees-McRae 21-7 in the quarter, but the Bobcats still led 59-48 headed to the fourth.
The two teams went into a mutual cold spell for the first few minutes of the final quarter, with Lees-McRae leading 62-51 with under five minutes to play. The two teams would pick up their scoring in the final few minutes, but the quarter only saw Lees-McRae win the frame 14-12.
Stats Rundown - The Bobcats shot 46.6 percent (27-58) from the floor, 41.2 percent (7-17) from beyond the arc and 64.7 percent (11-17) from the charity stripe. Forbes led the way with a game-high 25 points, while Stacey added 17 as the only other Bobcat in double figures. Lees-McRae pulled down 38 total rebounds in the win, including 11 on the offensive end and 27 on the defensive end. Forbes finished one board shy of a double-double and led the team with nine. Stacey nearly completed a double-double of her own, finishing with a game-high nine assists. Lees-McRae blocked 11 shots in the victory, with a game-high six coming from Meg Crawford. The Bobcats got 11 points from their bench, scored 30 points off 20 Erskine turnovers, out-scored Erskine on the fast-break 12-4 and also scored 20 points in the paint.
Up Next - Lees-McRae (7-7, 4-3 Conference Carolinas) returns home to Williams Gymnasium on Thursday (Jan. 10) to take on Mount Olive. Jan. 10 is also Church Night. In lieu of admission, fans can bring bulletins from their local church to be shown at the door.