Dianca Jones scored a career-high 39 points, including the final six points of the game to lead Lees-McRae College to a 70-65 win over Erskine College in Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference women's basketball action Thursday evening. With the win, the Lady Bobcats improve to 10-16, (8-11 CVAC), while the Fleet fell to 5-20, (4-15 CVAC).
The 39 point performance from Jones is the fourth consecutive 30+ point game for the Lady Bobcat senior. The Columbus, MS native connected on 12 of 25 from the field, including 2 of 3 from behind the arc and finished a perfect 13 for 13 from the charity stripe.
The Fleet cut the lead to one point on a couple of occasions in the second stanza, including 63-62 with just over two minutes remaining, however, a crucial turnover with 58 seconds remaining led to a Lady Bobcats timeout, allowing the visitors to regroup.
Jones, (pictured top left), missed a jumper from the free throw line, allowing Keyonna Sims to grab a crucial offensive rebound, and force the foul by the home side Fleet with 26 seconds to play.
Sims split her attempts to give the Lady Bobcats a 64-62 lead, but Jones was good for the rebound, her eighth of the game, and drained her eighth and ninth free throws of the game. With 19 seconds to play, Jones came up with a steal and was again forced to the line, nailing numbers ten and eleven, to make the score 68-62
Audrey Timmerman's desperation heave banked in from 35-feet to cut the Lees-McRae advantage to 68-65 with 12 seconds left. The Lady Bobcats put the ball in the hot hands of Jones who was fouled by Timmerman. Jones drained her twelfth and thirteenth to set the score at 70-65.
Sims was the only other Lady Bobcats player in double digits, scoring 11 points, shooting 4 for 8 from the field.
Timmerman led the Fleet with 16 points, while Lacey Williams scored 15 points.
The Lady Bobcats will wrap up their regular season Saturday
afternoon at 2:00pm when Coker College visits Williams Gymnasium.
Prior to tip off, the Lady Bobcats will honor seniors Jones, Amber
Benfield, Amanda Huffaker and Taukia Hughes.