BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team dropped an 81-57 decision on the road at King University Wednesday evening in Bristol, Tennessee. The loss moves Lees-McRae's overall record to 3-7 on the season and 0-2 in conference action.
The opening of Wednesday's game started well for the Bobcats. Lees-McRae accounted for seven of the first nine points of the contest to take an early 7-2 lead on the Tornado. King, however, would answer in a major way going on a 21-4 run to close out the first quarter with a 23-11 advantage.
King kept the pressure on the Bobcats in the second quarter as it forced six turnovers and blocked four shots. Lees-McRae shot just 16.7 percent from the field in the second quarter compared to a 46.7 percent clip put forth by the Tornado. Thanks to this, the Tornado were able to expand their lead even further taking a 41-22 advantage into the halftime intermission.
In the third quarter, the Bobcats were able to chip away a little bit off the Tornado lead. Lees-McRae started to get their long-distance shooting working in the third as Karli Mason netted a trio of three-pointers and Tiana Shuff added one to help the cause. With the three-point shooting working, the Bobcats trimmed the deficit to 15 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter of Wednesday's game, the Tornado grew their lead back out to as many as 30 points over the Bobcats. Lees-McRae was able to score a flurry of points right at the end of regulation but ultimately fell by a score 81-57 to King.
Individually, Mason led the Bobcats with 12 points on the night. Makayla Smith also finished the game in double figures with 11 points. Arianna Lizarraga had a solid night off the bench for Lees-McRae finishing the tilt with nine points, four rebounds and three steals.
The Bobcats will return to action on Saturday when they play host to Converse College in another key league matchup. Tip-off between Lees-McRae and Converse is scheduled for 2 p.m.