February 27, 2006

Lady Bobcats Season Ends to Lady Trojans

Mount Olive, NC--The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats basketball team ended their season Monday evening with a 104-57 loss to Mount Olive Lady Trojans in First Round Action of the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Tournament action.

After defeating the number eleven seeded Lady Bobcats the Lady Trojans, the sixth seed will move on to face third seeded Erskine College.

Mount Olive (16-12) scored the first 12 points of the game and raced out to a 33-5 lead with 8:41 left in the first half after Anita Rogers' fourth three-pointer of the contest. Lees-McRae (12-16) scored all of its first five points from the free throw line as the Bobcats were held without a field goal until Laura Parker (Tellico Plains, TN) put back a missed shot with 8:08 remaining.

The Trojans' lead never fell below 25 points the remainder of the half and Mount Olive extended the margin to 48-18 after Tomeka Prichard hit a three-pointer and Teneal Boone converted a three-point play. Prichard's field goal extended her streak of consecutive game with a three-pointer to 16.

Mount Olive closed the half with an 11-2 run as back-to-back lay-ups by Alisa Jones in the final 27 seconds gave the Trojans a 62-25 lead at the break. Boone, Jones, Prichard and Rogers had all reached double figures by the break, while Parker had 13 of Lees-McRae's 25 points.

Mount Olive entered the contest averaging 67 points per game and eclipsed its scoring average three minutes into the second half as Boone scored the Trojans' first seven points to extend the lead to 69-27. The lead never fell below 40 points and Mount Olive took its biggest lead of the night when Anna Bashans' three-pointer with 3:22 remaining put the Trojans over the century mark and built the lead to 102-47.

Parker led Lees-McRae with 19 points, including 11-for-14 from the free throw line. Taukia Hughes (Roan Mountain, TN) added 11 points for the Bobcats, who were held to held to 10-for-51 shooting from the field, but converted 32-of-45 free throws.

Monday's game was the second meeting in three days between the two teams. Mount Olive rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat Lees-McRae 66-60 Saturday at Banner Elk, N.C.