GAFFNEY, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team fell on the road at Limestone College by a score of 87-63 Saturday afternoon in the team's first conference game of the season. With the loss, Lees-McRae's record moves to 3-6 on the 2019-20 campaign.
Lees-McRae and Limestone played competitively in the first two quarters of Saturday's contest. Limestone used a combination of slightly better shooting from beyond the arc and fast break offense to build a 40-31 lead over the Bobcats heading into the halftime break. The Saints knocked down seven three-pointers in the first half and added six fast break points that seemed to swing the momentum their way to build their advantage.
When the two teams returned to the court for the third quarter, the Bobcat offense started slowly. Thanks to this slow start, Limestone opened 23-point lead on the Bobcats with just under four minutes to go in the third quarter. Despite closing the gap some heading into the fourth quarter, the Bobcats ultimately could erase that Limestone lead as the Saints finished off the 87-63 victory.
Individually, the Bobcats were led on Saturday by Destiny Johnson with team-highs in points (12) and assists (3). Four more Bobcats finished with at least eight points on the afternoon. Makayla Smith and Tiana Shuff scored nine and eight points, respectively, off the bench to go along eight-point efforts from starters Davinique Campbell and Karli Mason.
Lees-McRae will be back in action on Wednesday when it visits longtime rival King University for another Conference Carolinas contest. Tip-off between the Bobcats and Tornado is set for 5:30 p.m.