BANNER ELK, N.C. – Coming off one of its most successful seasons in recent memory, the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will open its 2019-20 season this weekend with a pair of games in Georgia. The games, which will be played on the campus of Emmanuel College, will be against Young Harris on Friday and #15 North Georgia on Saturday. Tip-off times for the two games are scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m., respectively.
New Year, New Look – Bobcat fans will see plenty of new faces on the court for the team this season. Nine newcomers have joined the program since the end of the 2018-19 campaign. They are joined by eight players that have suited up for the Bobcats in the past.
Preseason Prediction – Lees-McRae was picked to finish ninth in the 2019-20 Conference Carolinas Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll. The trio of Destiny Johnson, Malikah Meyers and Ava Bethea were picked as players to watch for the team this season.
About the Opponents – Young Harris is coming off a 6-22 season in 2018-19. The Mountain Lions will be under new leadership in 2019-20, however, as Lindsey Huffman takes over after spending the past seven seasons as the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Reinhardt University. At Reinhardt, Huffman posted 137 victories and had a winning percentage of .609.
#15 North Georgia, meanwhile, was picked to win the Peach Belt Conference after posting an impressive 30-5 overall record and a 19-3 mark in conference action last season. Additionally, the Nighthawks are coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances with last year's appearance concluding in the Elite Eight.
Series History vs. Opponents – Young Harris hold the slight edge over the Bobcats historically winning five of the seven meetings. Lees-McRae, however, knocked off the Mountain Lions in a contest last season, 59-54.
The series between North Georgia and Lees-McRae is far less extensive with just one game previously between the two programs. That contest occurred last season with the Nighthawks knocking off the Bobcats, 78-47.