Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BELMONT, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team fell at Belmont Abbey 89-63 on Saturday night (Feb. 23), despite Markia Stacey setting a new single-season assist record in the game.
Game Summary - Belmont Abbey began the game scoring the first five points in the first minute, before the teams would get to the halfway point of the quarter with the Crusaders ahead 14-10. The Crusaders would never relinquish the lead in the frame, extending it to six and then eight to end the first.
The Crusaders would begin to pull away in the second quarter, beginning the frame on a 9-0 run over the first minute and a half. Belmont Abbey would win the second quarter 23-10 to take a 47-26 lead to the half.
The Bobcats trimmed the lead below 20 early in the third quarter, getting it down to 15 with just under six minutes to play in the third. On that possession which ended with a Brea Forbes three-pointer, Stacey assisted on the bucket to break the school's single-season assist record with her 154th of the season. Stacey held the previous top mark of 153 when she set the record last season. However, the Crusaders would not see their lead dip below 14 points in the frame as they 65-48 headed to the fourth quarter.
Belmont Abbey would win the fourth quarter 24-15 on their way to the victory.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae shot 37.7 percent (26-69) from the floor, 23.3 percent (7-30) from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent (4-5) from the foul line in the game. Forbes paced the Bobcats with 23 points notching her 10th 20-point game of the season, while Stacey added 11 points and Alexis Ammons contributed 10. Lees-McRae pulled down 21 total rebounds in the contest, with six on the offensive end and 15 on the defensive end. Breana Hardnett led the effort on the glass with six rebounds. Stacey's five assists were also a team-high.
Up Next - The Bobcats (13-14, 9-10 Conference Carolinas) close out the regular season on Tuesday (Feb. 26) at Converse for a 7 pm tip-off.