BANNER ELK, N.C. - Led by freshman Ashley Holland, who scored 15 of her 20 points in the second half, the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the Pfeiffer University Lady Falcons 87-80 in a Conference Carolinas game in Williams Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Bobcats started the game on a 9-2 run for their largest lead of the half. Cortney Furr (Concord, N.C.) knocked down a three followed by a Lauren Casey (Raleigh, N.C.) field goal. Kayla Newman (Charlotte, N.C.) then hit two free throws followed by a field goal by Casey to give the Lady Bobcats a 9-2 lead with 16:59 on the clock.
That would be the Lady Bobcats only lead of the half as Pfeiffer would pull away on a 12-0 run to take a 14-9 lead with 11:37 minutes left in the half.
After two ties the Lady Falcons pulled away with a 16-6 run to take a 37-27 lead into the locker rooms. The Lady Bobcats shot 31 percent (10-32) from the field and 25 percent (3-12) from the three point line, while the Lady Falcons shot 35 percent from both the floor and from behind the three point line. They went 13-37 on field goals and 5-14 from the three point line.
After the intermission, the Lady Falcons maintained a 10 point lead at the 12 minute mark with a 54-44 lead.
Lees-McRae's comeback began at the eight minute mark when Brittany Roberson (Salisbury, N.C.) hit a field goal to cut the lead to nine, 63-54. Following Roberson's field goal the Lady Bobcats went on 17-4 run to take a 68-67 lead with 5:03 left on the clock. Furr drained a three to give the Lady Bobcats the lead.
Lees-McRae would hold the lead to get the final of 87-80. They hit nine of their last 13 free throws to ice the game and give them their first conference win of the season.
In the second half Lees-McRae shot 46 percent from the field (19-41) and 46 percent (7-15) from behind the arc. Pfeiffer shot 42 percent (15-35) for field goals and 27 percent (3-11) for three pointers in the second half.
With the win, Lees-McRae improves to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while Pfeiffer falls to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
Holland's (Duncan, S.C.) 20 points led the Lady Bobcats. Furr knocked down 19 points and had eight assists. Casey and Janina Thurau (Berlin, Germany) had 11 points each, while Newman added ten.
Jessica Walter led the way for Pfeiffer with 17 points. Nicole Maready added 15 points and 11 rebounds to have the only double-double of the game. Deyona Knight was the only other Lady Falcon with double digits points with 13.
Lees-McRae's next game will be after the Christmas Holidays as they travel to St. Andrews on Saturday, January 3rd.
Pictured: Ashley Holland