Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will play its final home game for the season on Wednesday (Feb. 20) hosting Erskine for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off, before traveling to Belmont Abbey on Saturday (Feb. 23) for a 5:30 p.m. start. Video and live stats for both games will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
Wednesday's game against Erskine is the final home game of the regular season. The game is a WHITE OUT, fans are encouraged to wear white and also get a free t-shirt at the game. It is also a recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and also Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. In addition, national champion Lees-McRae cycling team member Veronica Laughton and conference champion men's swimmer Arsham Mirzaei will be honored.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 12-13 overall, 8-9 in Conference Carolinas and seventh in the league standings. The Bobcats are sixth in the league in scoring averaging 69.3 points per game, while also being 10th in the league in scoring defense allowing opponents 72.4 points per game. Brea Forbes leads the Bobcats in scoring and is tied for seventh individually in the conference at 14.9 points per game, while Markia Stacey is second on the team and 14th individually in the league at 12.9 points per game and Meg Crawford also contributes 12.5 points per game. Lees-McRae is also sixth in the league in rebounding pulling down 38.9 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 46.4 rebounds per game against them. Crawford's 6.9 rebounds per game lead the team and are 11th individually in the conference, while Forbes is second on the team averaging 6.4 rebounds per game. Lees-McRae is also ninth in the league in shooting at 37.3 percent, while being seventh in the league from beyond the arc at 31.7 percent. Stacey's 5.8 assists per game continue to lead the conference. Stacey is also nine assists away from breaking the single-season assist record of 153 that she set a season ago.
Last Time vs. Opponents - The Bobcats defeated Erskine on the road 72-61 back on Jan. 8, while they lost to Belmont Abbey 74-66 before that on Jan. 5.
About the Opponents - Erskine enters the week at 6-19 overall and 3-14 in Conference Carolinas play. Erskine scores 62.7 points per game, while they are eighth in the league in scoring defense allowing opponents 69.9 points per game. Megan Davis leads the team and is fourth individually in the conference in scoring averaging 16.1 points per game, while Alexis Scott is second on the team and 11th in the conference averaging 13.6 points per game. Myranda Parham is the only other member of the Flying Fleet averaging double-figure scoring at 10.4 points per game. Erskine is third in the league in rebounding averaging 40.5 rebounds per game, while being seventh in the league in rebounding defense allowing opponents 40.6 rebounds per game. Scott leads the team and is fifth individually in the league in rebounds per game with 9.4. Erskine shoots 34.8 percent from the floor, while also shooting 26.0 percent from downtown.
Belmont Abbey enters the week at 17-8 overall, 13-4 in Conference Carolinas and third in the league standings. The Crusaders will travel to Mount Olive on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off prior to hosting the Bobcats this weekend. Belmont Abbey is third in the league in scoring and one of five teams to average at least 70.0 points per game at 72.6 points per game, while also boasting the third-best scoring defense in the league allowing 65.2 points per game. Maria Kuhlman leads the team in scoring and is tied for seventh individually in the league with Forbes at 14.9 points per game, while Allie Downing is ninth in the league and second on the team at 14.0 points per game. Belmont Abbey is also fifth in the league in rebounding and one of five teams to pull down at least 40.0 rebounds per game at 40.1, while boasting the league's best rebounding defense allowing opponents just 34.6 rebounds per game. Downing's 7.0 rebounds per game lead the team and are 10th individually in the conference. The Crusaders also lead the league in shooting with a league-high 44.4 percent from the field as well as a mark of 38.3 percent from long range.
Series History vs. Opponents - Since 2006, this will be the 28th meeting between Lees-McRae and Erskine in women's basketball. Lees-McRae leads the series 15-12 in that time.
Since 2006, this will be the 28th meeting between Lees-McRae and Belmont Abbey in women's basketball. Belmont Abbey leads the series in that time 23-4.