Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BLUEFIELD, W.V. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team won its second straight game on Saturday (Feb. 9), defeating Bluefield State 58-46 on the road.
Game Summary - Bluefield State won a low-scoring first quarter 12-10. Lees-McRae jumped out to a 6-1 lead over the first four minutes and change, before Bluefield State would knot the game at six-all with just over four minutes to play in the quarter. Two layups from Alexis Ammons got the Bobcats back out in front 10-6, before the Blues scored the final six points over the remaining 2:49 to take their lead to the second quarter.
Lees-McRae would win the second quarter 15-9 to head to the locker room with a four-point lead. Lees-McRae would jump out to a 20-15 lead after an early run, before layups from Christina Long and Kylah Webb would leave the Bobcats up 23-19 with four minutes and change to play in the half. Webb would later knock down two free throws with 2:27 to play in the first half, before Jordan Soares scored a layup with 38 seconds left for the final points of the half. Lees-McRae led 25-21 at the break.
Lees-McRae would extend its lead in the game by winning the third quarter 15-11. The Bobcats would extend their lead to 30-24 with 6:23 to play in the quarter thanks to a Brea Forbes three-pointer, before there would be no scoring from either team for the next minute and a half. Bluefield State would trim the lead down to just two with less than three minutes to play, before Lees-McRae would out-score the Blues 8-2 in the final two minutes and change to take a 40-32 lead to the final 10 minutes.
Lees-McRae would hold their lead and extend it into double digits in the fourth quarter. The lead fluctuated between six and eight points for the first five minutes of the quarter, before the Bobcats were finally able to break through and get their lead into double digits. Lees-McRae extended the lead to 11 with 5:04 to play in the game with a bucket from Lakitia Basnight, and would stretch the lead to as many as 15 en route to the victory.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae shot 31.7 percent (20-63) from the field in the game, just 18.8 percent (3-16) from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent (15-20) from the foul line. Stacey led the Bobcats with 11 points, while Forbes also contributed 10. Eight other Bobcats recorded scores in the win. Lees-McRae pulled down 40 rebounds in the contest, with 12 on the offensive end and 28 on the defensive end. Forbes led the Bobcats on the glass narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds, while Basnight pulled down seven. Stacey was able to complete her first double-double of the season with 10 assists, becoming the first Bobcat to record double-digit assists since she herself accomplished the feat with 14 assists back on Jan. 10 against Mount Olive.
Up Next - The Bobcats (12-11, 8-7 Conference Carolinas) return to league play on Wednesday (Feb. 13) when they travel to rival King (Tenn.) to complete the season series. Tip-off for that game is slated for 5:30 p.m.