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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will hit the road twice this week, first to take on Limestone in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday (Feb. 6) at 5:30 p.m. and then to Bluefield, W.V. to take on Bluefield State on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 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 10-11 overall and 7-7 in Conference Carolinas play, currently in seventh place in the league standings. The Bobcats are currently fifth in the league in scoring (70.1 points per game) and one of six teams to average at least 70 points per game, while also being ninth in the league in scoring defense allowing 71.5 points per game. Brea Forbes leads the team and is fifth individually in the conference in scoring average at 15.3 points per game, while Markia Stacey is second on the team and 12th individually in the league scoring 12.9 points per game and Meg Crawford also averages 12.5 points per game. The Bobcats are also sixth in the league in rebounding pulling down 39.0 rebounds per game, while allowing opponents 46.5 rebounds per game against them. Crawford's 6.9 rebounds per game lead the team and are 10th individually in the conference, while Forbes is second on the team in rebounding and tied for 13th individually in the conference at 6.0 boards per game. Lees-McRae is also ninth in the league in shooting at 37.8 percent, while being tied for fifth from beyond the arc at 32.1 percent. In addition, Stacey's 5.9 assists continue to lead the conference along with Crawford's 2.8 blocks per game average being second in the league.
Last Time Out - The Bobcats fell to Converse at home back on Saturday (Feb. 2) in Conference Carolinas action by a score of 68-60.
Last Meeting vs. Limestone - Lees-McRae defeated Limestone in a 71-68 thriller back on Dec. 4 at Williams Gymnasium.
About the Opponents - Limestone enters the week at 12-9 overall and 9-5 in Conference Carolinas, currently in fifth in the league standings. The Saints boast the most-potent scoring offense in the league at 75.1 points per game, but are the 10th-best scoring defense in the league allowing opponents 71.8 points per game. Schekina Bimpa leads the team and is seventh individually in the league in scoring averaging 15.0 points per game, while Taylour Hunter's 14.0 points per game are second on the team and 10th individually in the league. Limestone is also the fifth-best rebounding team in the league pulling down 39.8 rebounds per game, while having the sixth-best rebounding defense in the league allowing opponents 40.1 rebounds per game. Bimpa's 9.2 rebounds per game also lead the Saints and are fifth individually in the league. The Saints are the second-best shooting team in the league at 42.3 percent, while also being third in the league from three-point range at 33.9 percent.
Bluefield State enters the week at 7-15 overall, and entertains the Apprentice School on Wednesday (Feb. 6) before hosting Lees-McRae on Saturday (Feb. 9). The Blues score 57.1 points per game, while allowing 72.2 points per game. Kara Sandy is the team's leading scorer at 8.4 points per game, while Tyeisha Williams is second on the team at 8.0 points per game. Bluefield State pulls down 36.4 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 40.5 rebounds per game against them. Kylah Webb and Lyndsay Hatfield share the team lead in rebounding at 5.8 rebounds per game. For the season, the Blues shoot 34.9 percent from the floor and 23.6 percent from long range.
Series History vs. Opponents - Since 2006, this will be the 30th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Limestone. Limestone leads the all-time series in that span 25-4.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Lees-McRae and Bluefield State in women's basketball.