MISENHIEMER, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats dropped their Conference Carolinas opener, 70-61, Tuesday night to the Pfeiffer University Lady Falcons in women's basketball action.
Lees-McRae jumped out to an early 9-2 lead with 17:18 left to play in the half, but four minutes later Pfeiffer would give the game the first tie at 11.
The two teams would tie the game twice over the next two minutes before the Lady Bobcats would take an 18-15 lead on a Jessica Blair made three pointer. However, the Lady Falcons would battle back and take a 21-19 lead one-minute later and hold the lead for the remainder of the half.
Pfeiffer pushed the lead to seven on a field goal just before the half to take a 34-27 lead into the locker rooms.
In the second half, Lees-McRae closed the lead to three, 36-33, three minutes into the half on a Colette Montgomery layup, and again to three on two Icey Patterson free throws with 16:34 remaining in the half.
Pfeiffer would counter with an 11-2 run to take an 49-38 lead with 12:18 remaining, but again Lees-McRae would close the gap to three on Brittany Williams' layup with just over eight minutes remaining. After a defensive stop and a Blair field goal, the lead was one, 55-54, but the Lady Bobcats would not regain the lead as the Lady Falcon stayed just out of reach to win, 70-61.
The Lady Bobcats were 39 percent from the floor and 26 percent from three-point range, while Pfeiffer was 37 percent from the floor and 15 percent from behind the arc.
Lees-McRae was led by Montgomery, who had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Patterson just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine assists. Blair added nine points, and Lauren Casey collected eight rebounds.
Devona Knight had 14 points for the Lady Falcons and was followed by Jamila Harris, who had 11 points. Knight also had a double-double with 10 rebounds to go along with her 14 points.
The Lady Bobcats will return to action Monday, November 30th when they host Milligan College at 6 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.