March 4, 2009

Lady Bobcats Season Ends with Second Round Loss to Mount Olive, 53-35

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The number ten seed Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats women's basketball team season ended in the second round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament with a 53-35 loss to the number two seed Mount Olive College Trojans Wednesday night.


A day after upsetting Limestone College the Lady Bobcats were held to their lowest point total of the season, 35 points.

Trailing 8-4 with 14:15 left on the clock in the first half Lauren Casey made a field goal to cut the Mount Olive lead to 8-6, but six minutes later the Trojans had pushed the lead to 15-8 by way of a 7-2 run.

Lees-McRae responded with an 8-2 run capped off with a Cortney Furr three pointer to pull the team with one, 17-16, but Mount Olive would use a 14-2 run over the remaining six minutes of the first half to carry a 31-18 lead into the break.

Following the intermission, Mount Olive used a 10-3 run over the first six minutes of the second half to push the lead to 26, 47-21, which was the largest lead of the game. Lees-McRae was held scoreless until a Furr field goal five minutes into the second half.

Mount Olive would continue to hold an 18-point lead over the Lady Bobcats for the remainder of the game to seal the win up 53-35.

The Lady Bobcats were 29 percent from the floor and 19 percent from behind the arc, while the Trojans were 32 percent from field goal and 15 percent from three.

Mount Olive controlled the glass outrebounding Lees-McRae 45-36 and 17-9 on the offensive boards leading to 13-second chance points for the Trojans. Lees-McRae only scored two second chance points.

Lees-McRae turned the ball over 26 times resulting in 18 points for Mount Olive, while Mount Olive only turned the ball over 18 times resulting in nine points for Lees-McRae.

Furr, a senior playing in her last collegiate game, led the Lady Bobcat offense with 11 points and seven total rebounds. She was the only Lady Bobcat in double digit scoring. Casey and Ashley Holland added eight points apiece.

Jasmine Whitby totaled a game high 16 points and Tomeka Prichard had 14 points to lead the Trojans.

With the loss, the Lady Bobcats fall to 9-20 overall and end the season 6-16 in the conference.

Box score

2008-2009 Season Stats

Pictured: Cortney Furr