Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team dropped its Conference Carolinas matchup with visiting Barton on Saturday (Feb. 16) by a score of 87-60.
Game Summary - Lees-McRae struggled to score the basketball in the first quarter, falling behind 18-7 after 10 minutes. Barton jumped out to a 10-1 lead through the first five minutes, before Lees-McRae would score their first bucket of the game with 3:05 to play in the first quarter. Barton would out-score the Bobcats 9-2 in the final three minutes to take their 11-point lead to the second quarter.
Barton out-scored Lees-McRae 20-11 in the second quarter to up their lead to 20 at the half. An early Barton run put the Bulldogs up 24-9 three and a half minutes into the quarter, before a small run by the Bobcats would get the game back within 11 with four minutes to play in the first half. The Bulldogs would end the quarter from that point on a 10-2 run to go to the half 38-18.
Barton would win the third quarter 26-20, which helped to extend their lead. Barton's lead would stretch to as many as 28 in the third quarter, while their lowest margin in the quarter was 18.
Barton would have a slim 23-22 advantage in the fourth quarter on the way to the win. Like the third quarter, Barton's lead did not dip below 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae shot just 28.0 percent (21-75) from the floor in the game, just 19.2 percent (5-26) from downtown and 76.5 percent (13-17) from the foul line. Brea Forbes led the Bobcats scoring effort with20 points, notching her ninth game of the season scoring at least 20 points. Markia Stacey logged 14 points on the afternoon, while Ava Bethea logged a new career-high in scoring with 11 points. Lees-McRae pulled down 36 rebounds on the afternoon, with 15 coming on the offensive glass and 21 on the defensive end. Forbes also led the rebounding effort for the Bobcats, finishing one shy of a double-double with nine. Stacey also logged four of Lees-McRae's five assists on the afternoon.
Up Next - Lees-McRae (12-13, 8-9 Conference Carolinas) will play its final home game for the season at Williams Gymnasium on Wednesday (Feb. 20) when the Bobcats host Erskine. It will be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night, a White Out, and Lees-McRae will also celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.