TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team dropped a 68-67 decision on the road at North Greenville University Wednesday night in Conference Carolinas action. The loss moves Lees-McRae's record to 7-17 overall and 4-12 in league play.
The Bobcats began Wednesday's contest at North Greenville with perhaps their most complete effort of the entire season. First, Lees-McRae shot incredibly well in the first half knocking down eight three-pointers on 17 attempts. In addition to their hot-shooting, the Bobcats also crashed the boards well as they grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and out-rebounded the Crusaders 22-17 after the first two frames. With these two factors working together, the Bobcats took a 43-22 lead into the halftime break.
As well as the Bobcats played in the first half, North Greenville matched that productivity in the second. The Crusaders outscored Lees-McRae 46-24 in the final two quarters to not only cut into the Bobcat lead but also take a lead of their own. Despite NGU nipping at Lees-McRae's heels, it looked like the Bobcats would still come away with a win as they led by seven points with 50 seconds to go in regulation. However, the Crusaders and their comeback attempt would not be denied as they finished off the comeback thanks to key made free throws and defensive plays in the closing seconds.
Destiny Johnson led Lees-McRae with 15 points on Wednesday to go along with six rebounds. Jala Holloman was the only other Bobcat to finish the night in double figures with 11 points and team-high four steals.
Lees-McRae will be back in action on Saturday when it travels to Barton College for another Conference Carolinas contest. Tip-off for that matchup is scheduled for 2 p.m.