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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team jumps back into league play with two games this week, first traveling to rival King (Tenn.) for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on Wednesday (Feb. 13) and then hosting Barton on Saturday (Feb. 16) at 2 p.m. to complete the season series. Video and live stats for both games will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 12-11 overall and 8-7 in Conference Carolinas, currently in seventh in the league standings. The Bobcats are currently sixth in the league in scoring (70.2 points per game) and one of six teams averaging at least 70 points per game, while being ninth in the league in scoring defense allowing opponents 70.9 points per game. Brea Forbes leads Lees-McRae and is seventh individually in the conference at 15.3 points per game, while Markia Stacey is second on the team and 14th individually in the league at 13.0 points per game. Meg Crawford is the other Bobcat to average double-figure scoring on the season at 12.5 points per game, ranking 18th individually in the league. Lees-McRae is also sixth in the league in rebounding pulling down 39.5 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 46.3 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 at 6.4 rebounds per game. Lees-McRae is also ninth in the league in shooting from the floor at 37.7 percent, while being fifth in the league from beyond the arc at 32.4 percent. Also, Stacey's 6.0 assists per game continue to lead both the team and the conference.
Last Week - The Bobcats upended Limestone on the road 85-82 in overtime back on Wednesday (Feb. 6), sweeping the Saints for the first time in the regular season since 2004-05. On Saturday (Feb. 9), Lees-McRae defeated Bluefield State 58-46 in non-conference action.
About the Opponents - King (Tenn.) enters the week at 12-10 overall and 8-7 in Conference Carolinas, currently in sixth in the league standings. King (Tenn.) is eighth in the league in scoring averaging 67.5 points per game, and also third in the league in scoring defense at 65.5 points per game. Kori West leads the Tornado in scoring with an average of 15.3 points per game despite only playing in 11 games, while Kristen Cupples averages 12.7 points per game and Ali Golden contributes 11.8. King (Tenn.) is also seventh in the league in rebounding hauling in 38.3 rebounds per game, while opponents pull down 42.7 boards per game against them. West is also the team's leading rebounder at 11.7 rebounds per game. King (Tenn.) is eighth in the league in shooting at 39.0 percent, while also being seventh in the league from downtown at 31.6 percent.
Barton enters the week at 19-4 overall and 12-4 in Conference Carolinas play, hosting Mount Olive on Tuesday (Feb. 12) before coming to Banner Elk on Saturday. Barton is currently on a five-game winning streak heading into the week and currently on top of the Conference Carolinas standings. Barton is second in the league in scoring at 73.9 points per game, while boasting the league's top scoring defense at 60.8 points per game. Kianna Wynn leads the Bulldogs and is second individually in the conference in scoring at 23.5 points per game, while Dinah Neal is second on the team in scoring at 10.9 points per game. Barton also leads the conference in rebounding pulling down 45.9 rebounds per game, while being third in the league in rebounding defense allowing opponents just 36.8 rebounds per game. Shanika Peterkin leads the effort on the glass for Barton with 10.9 rebounds per game, which also leads the conference. Wynn's 9.5 rebounds per game are also second on the team and third individually in the league. Barton is also third in the league in shooting at 41.7 percent from the floor, while also being ninth in the league from downtown at 28.6 percent.
Series History vs. Opponents - Since 2006, this will be the 18th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and King (Tenn.), with King (Tenn.) leading the all-time series 14-3.
Since 2006, this will be the 29th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Barton, with Barton leading the series in that span 26-2.