Lady Bobcats Start New Year with a 66-62 Win Over Lady Knights

LAURINBURG, N.C.- Freshman Ashley Holland's 17 points and six rebounds propelled the Lees McRae College Lady Bobcats to a 66-62 lead over the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Lady Knights Saturday in a Conference Carolinas game at Harris Court following a 21 day layoff over the holidays.

The Lady Bobcats even its overall record to 4-4 on the season while improving to 2-1 in conference action. The Lady Knights fall to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

Lees McRae never trailed, but St. Andrews never faded. The Lady Knights had a chance to tie the game in the final minute of play but a long jumper missed its mark and Cortney Furr (Concord, N.C.) hit a free throw with eight seconds left to close out the four-point victory.

Kayla Hay tallied a team-high 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for St. Andrews. Septembra LeSane followed with her 13 points, five boards, and a team-high four assists.

Lees-McRae also used a balanced scoring attack with 12 different players registering points in the scorebook. Freshman Emari Ready (Midloathian, Va.) followed Holland's 17 points with seven of her own. Holland (Duncan, S.C.) had a game-high five assists while Ready dished out four assists.

Lees-McRae scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed in the first half. Both teams were plagued by 19 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, but the Bobcats were able to build a 36-27 lead at halftime by hitting 50.0% (13-of-26) of their shots compared to 32.1 percent (9-of-28) by St. Andrews.

Holland led all players into the locker room with 11 first half points. Sophomore Kristin Zipkin paced the Knights with seven of her 11 points in the opening period. Zipkin also finished with seven rebounds.

The Bobcats built its lead to 13 points in the second half, but the Knights slowly chipped away at the deficit. Lees-McRae continued to lead by seven (65-58) in the final three minutes before a pair of Zipkin made free throws and a Hay layup made it a one-possession game in the final minute. However, St. Andrews missed its final two shots to end the comeback attempt.

St. Andrews won the battle of the boards 45-34 while both teams had 34 turnovers. The Lady Bobcats finished shooting 46.0 percent (23-for-50) compared to 34.4 percent (22-for-64) by the Lady Knights.

The Lady Bobcats won the battle of bench points with 31 points from their bench, while St. Andrews' bench scored 28 points.

The Lady Bobcats will return to action Monday, January 5th in Williams Gymnasium as they host Anderson University at 5:30 p.m.

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Pictured: Ashley Holland