FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team dropped a 79-53 decision to #15 North Georgia Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. The loss pushes Lees-McRae's record to 0-2 on the young season.
Lees-McRae was able to hang around with the fifteenth-ranked Nighthawks for the first two quarters of action on Saturday. When the two teams went to the locker room for halftime, the score read 34-30 UNG. Ava Bethea led the charge for the Bobcats in the opening half scoring a team-high seven points.
The third quarter was where the Nighthawks started to gain separation on the Bobcats. North Georgia held Lees-McRae to a 2-for-14 effort from the field, while also holding the edge on the Bobcats on the glass 14-7. With those two factors working together, North Georgia outscored LMC 19-8 in the third. Riding that momentum, North Georgia extended its lead to as many as 26 points, which proved to be the final margin of victory, 79-53.
A pair of Bobcats finished the contest in double figures with Destiny Johnson leading the way with 11 points followed closely by 10 from Jessica Henderson. Johnson also snatched a team-high six rebounds and notched three steals on the night.
The Bobcats will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Mars Hill in their home opener. Tip-off between the Bobcats and Lions is set for 7 p.m.