GREENEVILLE, TENN. - Junior Lauren Casey was the only Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcat to score in double figures with 18 points in the losing effort, 100-57, on the road to the thirteenth-ranked Tusculum College Pioneers Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game.
The Lady Bobcats held a 7-5 edge on the scoreboard through the first four minutes, until TC went on a 22-11 run over the next six and a half minutes to open a 27-18 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Tusculum closed the half with a 25-10 run over the final 10 minutes to take a 47-28 lead into the intermission.
The Pioneers continued to control the tempo of the game in the second half, holding at least a 22-point lead for the last 20 minutes of the contest. Tusculum outscored the Bobcats 33-19 over the first 13 minutes of the half, capped by Oliver's 300th career three-pointer with 7:43 remaining the game. The black and orange closed out the win with a 20-10 run over the final seven minutes to score at least 100 points for the first time this season.
Lees-McRae's Lauren Casey scored 18 points to lead the Bobcats; freshman Kayla Newman hauled down a team-high seven rebounds. Casey, Cortney Furr, and Ashley Holland each had two steals on the afternoon. Renee Roberson added eight points for the Lady Bobcat offense.
Five members of the Pioneers scored in double figures as Stephany Neptune recorded her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jasmine Parker dropped in 17 points for the black and orange, while Nikki Van Dine and Staci Hicks added 13 and 10 markers, respectively. Jasmine Gunn led the way with 13 assists, and tied Ashli Oliver for the team-lead with four steals.
The Pioneers converted 36 of their 71 attempts from the field in the game for a 50.7% field goal percentage; Lees-McRae shot 39.2% from the field, connecting on 20 of its 51 attempts. Tusculum forced 28 turnovers in the contest, coming away with 16 steals. Tusculum also held a 46-27 edge in rebounding, including 17-4 on the offensive glass.
With the loss the Lady Bobcats fall to 2-2 overall, while the Pioneers improve to 3-0 on the season.
The Lady Bobcats return to action Tuesday, November 25th at 5:30 p.m. at Queens in their first Conference Carolinas showdown.
Pictured: Lauren Casey