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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team continues its Conference Carolinas road swing this week, traveling to Southern Wesleyan for a 4 p.m. tip-off on Monday (Jan. 21) and going to North Greenville on Saturday (Jan. 26) for a 2 p.m. start. Video and live stats for both games will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 8-10 overall and 5-6 in Conference Carolinas, and currently in seventh in the league standings. Lees-McRae is fourth in the league in scoring at 70.5 points per game, and is currently one of five teams in the league to average at least 70 points per game. The Bobcats are also 10th in the league in scoring defense, allowing opponents 72.2 points per game. Brea Forbes leads the Bobcats and is sixth individually in the conference averaging 15.1 points per game, after scoring double-digits in each of the last six games. Meg Crawford is second on the team and 13th individually in the league with an average of 12.8 points per game, while Markia Stacey is the only other Bobcat to average double figures at 11.9 points per game. Lees-McRae is also seventh in the league in rebounding pulling down 39.1 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 47.6 rebounds per game against them. Crawford's 7.0 rebounds per game lead the team and are also 11th individually in the league, while Forbes is second on the team and 14th in the league hauling in 6.1 boards per game. Lees-McRae is ninth in the league from the field shooting 38.0 percent, while also being fourth in the league from downtown shooting 32.4 percent on the season. Additionally, Stacey continues to lead the league in assists per game at 6.1.
Last Time Out - Lees-McRae fell at the University of Mount Olive 70-65 after erasing a 17-point halftime deficit to come back and tie the game with two minutes to play.
Last Time vs. This Week's Opponents - Southern Wesleyan (SWU) defeated Lees-McRae 93-88 in Banner Elk back on Dec. 12, while the Bobcats downed North Greenville (NGU) 66-54 the next time out on Dec. 15.
About the Opponents - SWU enters the week at 6-11 overall and 1-8 in Conference Carolinas, while they are currently on a seven-game losing streak. The Warriors are 10th in the league in scoring averaging 66.6 points per game, while they allow opponents 77.6 points per game. Iva Krstevska leads the Warriors in scoring averaging 12.8 points per game, while Emily Waters contributes 12.3 points per game and Tiana Sherman scores 11.7 per game. SWU is 10th in the league in rebounding averaging 34.8 rebounds per game, while they have the ninth-best rebounding defense in the league allowing opponents 42.9 rebounds per game. Lisana Burnett leads the Warriors in rebounding, pulling down 6.6 boards per game. SWU is fourth in the league in shooting (41.0 percent) and one of six teams shooting at least 40 percent from the field, while also being seventh in the league in three-point shooting at 31.7 percent for the season.
North Greenville enters the week at 4-13 overall and 3-7 in Conference Carolinas, while looking to end a four-game skid. The Crusaders travel to Emmanuel (Ga.) on Monday (Jan. 21) and also to Division I Western Carolina on Wednesday (Jan. 23) before hosting the Bobcats on Saturday (Jan. 26). NGU scores 61.4 points per game, while having the sixth-best scoring defense in the league allowing opponents 68.8 points per game. Karen Donehew is the lone Crusader to average double-figure scoring, being seventh individually at 14.9 points per game. NGU is ninth in the league in rebounding pulling down 37.6 rebounds per game, while allowing opponents the seventh-lowest rebounding average in the league at 41.8 boards per game. Donehew also leads the team in rebounding averaging 7.5 rebounds per game, which is eighth individually in the league. NGU is 10th in the league in shooting at 35.9 percent from the floor on the season, while being sixth in the league from beyond the arc at 32.0 percent.
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be the 10th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and SWU since 2005, with SWU leading the series 7-2.
This will be the 17th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and NGU, with NGU leading the series 11-5.