Last Second Shot Comes Up Short as Limestone Limps Past Lees-McRae

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats women's basketball team came up short as a last second three bounced off the front iron to give the visiting Limestone College Lady Saints a 72-69 win in a Conference Carolinas game in Williams Gymnasium Monday night.


Cortney Furr led Lees-McRae with 20 points, 18 from behind the arc. Ashley Holland chipped in 15 points and seven assists, and Lauren Casey earned her second double-double in week with 11 points and a career high 18 rebounds.

Limestone was led by Lauren Pace with 21 points. Tierney Burdett scored 19 points, and Addie Graves scored 13 points and grabbed a team high nine rebounds.

With the scored tied a 2-2, the Lady Bobcats took off on a 12-0 run to take a 14-2 lead on a Casey layup. The Lady Saints went on a 13-2 run to cut the lead to 16-15 capped off by a Pace steal and layup with 12:21 remaining in the half.

Lees-McRae held the lead until a foul compounded with a technical foul against the Lady Bobcats sent Burdett to the charity stripe for four free throws that tied the game at 41 heading into the intermission.

Lees-McRae was a heated 53 percent in the first half from the floor and 42 percent from behind the arc, while Limestone was a cool 31 percent overall and 30 percent from three.

Coming out of the locker rooms the Lady Saints heated up on a 10-0 run to take a 51-41 lead six minutes into the half on a Pace layup.

The lead was pushed to 13, 59-46, six minutes later on a Burdett make.

But, the Lady Bobcats would crawl back and cut the lead to two, 69-67, with 12 seconds remaining in the game on a Holland three. Pace sank two free throws for Limestone to push the lead to four, 71-69.

On the next Lees-McRae possession, Casey was fouled driving the lane with six seconds on the clock. She made both free throws to make it 71-69 and sent Burdett to the line on the inbounds pass.

Burdett missed the front end of the double bonus to make it 72-69 and give Lees-McRae a chance for the win with four seconds on the clock. Holland had a good look at the basket, but the game winner hit the front iron to give Limestone the win.

In the second half, Lees-McRae cooled off to 24 percent from the floor and 23 percent from behind the three-point line. Limestone was 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from three.

The Lady Saints were 20-of-27 from the free throw line, while the Lady Bobcats were only 5-of-10 from the line.

Lees-McRae will travel to Belmont Abbey Thursday, February 12th with tipoff set for 5:30 p.m.

Pictured: Cortney Furr

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