MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - Tomeka Prichard scored 16 points and Jasmine Whitby notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds as the regionally ninth-ranked Mount Olive College Trojans defeated the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats, 70-48, in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game Saturday at Kornegay Arena.
Mount Olive (20-3 overall, 16-2 Conference Carolinas) fell
behind 8-0 before Prichard got the Trojans on the scoreboard with a
three-pointer with 14:53 left in the first half. The Trojans were
still down seven when Prichard sparked a 10-0 run, converting a
three-point play after an off-balance running hook shot and
finishing her own steal with a tie-breaking layup to give Mount
Olive its first lead at 17-15 with 8:05 left in the first half.
Prichard scored 11 of the Trojans' first 17 points.
Lees-McRae (7-16, 5-13) held a 15-8 lead with 12:27 remaining after a pair of free throws by Ashley Holland. Holland's three-pointer with 7:15 left ended a five-minute scoreless drought and put Lees-McRae back on top. But the Bobcats were held scoreless for the final 6:38 of the half.
LaTara Wade's layup with 5:38 remaining tied the game at 19-19 and Whitby added a pair of free throws to put Mount Olive back on top. Two-time All-Conference selection Helen Moore made her first appearance in two months and capped an 8-0 run with a turn-around jumper to give the Trojans a 25-19 halftime lead. Moore suffered a knee injury in mid-December.
Jazzmine Tate's putback in the opening minute of the second half ended Lees-McRae's scoreless string and the Bobcats had a chance to pull within a basket, but Whitby blocked a fastbreak layup attempt. Three-pointers by Prichard and Brittney Robich helped Mount Olive extend the lead to double figures and Shequanta McGee's putback with 13:05 remaining gave the Trojans a 42-22 lead.
Lauren Casey's three-pointer sparked a 7-0 Lees-McRae run to cut the margin down to 13. But that would be as close as the Bobcats would get as McGee and Brittany Miller combined for 4-of-4 free throws to cap a 9-0 Trojan run. Mount Olive took its biggest lead at 68-42 with 53 seconds remaining.
Robich finished with 12 points and 10 different Trojans got in the scoring column. Prichard, who dished out a career-high eight assists in each of her last two games, led all players with six assists Saturday. Prichard and Whitby recorded three steals apiece and combined for five blocked shots.
Holland led all scorers with 20 points for Lees McRae, while Amber Coleman added 12 points. Casey had a game-high five steals.
Lees-McRae travels to Anderson Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Carolinas action.
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Pictured: Ashley Holland