Photo courtesy of John Fitzgerald, Belmont Abbey Sports Information
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will travel to the University of Mount Olive for a Conference Carolinas tournament quarterfinal on Monday (Mar. 4), slated for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the tournament as the fifth seed at 14-14 and 10-10 in Conference Carolinas, notching the most wins in a regular season for the program since 2003-04. Lees-McRae is also looking for its first Conference Carolinas tournament win since Mar. 3, 2009 when the Bobcats defeated Limestone 64-62 in the first round. The Bobcats enter tournament play fourth in the league in scoring at 70.1 points per game, while also being 10th in the league in scoring defense allowing 73.3 points per game. Brea Forbes leads the Bobcats in scoring and is seventh in Conference Carolinas at 14.8 points per game, while Markia Stacey is second on the team and 15th in the conference at 13.4 points per game. Lees-McRae is also sixth in the league in rebounding pulling down 38.2 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 46.3 rebounds per game against them. Meg Crawford's 6.9 rebounds per game lead the team and are 11th in the conference, while Forbes is second on the team at 6.4 boards per game. The Bobcats are ninth in the league in shooting at 37.7 percent, while also being sixth in the league from long range at 32.1 percent. Stacey leads the conference in both assists (165) and assists per game (5.9).
About the Trojans - Mount Olive enters the tournament as the fourth seed at 16-12 overall and 12-8 in Conference Carolinas. The Trojans are sixth in the league in scoring averaging 69.3 points per game, while also being fifth in the league in scoring defense allowing opponents 66.8 points per game. Felicity Havens leads the team and the conference in scoring at 26.1 points per game, and is also third in the nation in scoring average. Jada Bacchus is also in the top 10 in the league in scoring, being second on the team and tied for seventh in the conference with 14.8 points per game. Mount Olive is the 10th-best rebounding team in the conference averaging 35.6 rebounds per game, while also having the second-best rebounding defense in the league and limiting opponents to just 34.5 rebounds per game. The Trojans are sixth in the league from the floor at 40.9 percent, while also being 10th in the league from three-point range at 28.2 points per game.
Series History vs. Mount Olive - Since 2006, this will be the 30th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Mount Olive in women's basketball, with Mount Olive leading the series in that span 25-4.