November 30, 2010

Cobras rally past Bobcats, 62-59

Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Toenika Webb (Dublin, Va.) poured in a game-high 19 points, including 16 markers in the second half, to lead the Virginia Intermont College women's basketball team to a 62-59 come-from-behind victory over Lees-McRae College on Tuesday night in Williams Gymnasium.

The game was called with 1:11 remaining on the clock after a lengthy delay due to a leaking roof as a result of prolonged rainfall in the area. Virginia Intermont (6-3) posted a 41.1 percent clip from the floor on the night, including a 44.8 percent mark in the first half, while knocking down 40 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc. Lees-McRae (0-5) won the battle on the glass by a 44-38 margin, including a 16-9 advantage on the offensive boards.

Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) paced the Bobcats with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, recording her second-straight double-double while knocking down 5-of-9 attempts from the floor. Megan Tate (High Point, N.C.) scored in double figures for the third time this season, pouring in 12 points while dishing out three assists. Erin Thompson (Ashburn, Va.) and Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) tallied eight and seven points, respectively, while Haynes notched a game-high four steals.

Webb led all scorers with 19 points, connecting on 7-of-13 attempts from the floor, while recording three steals. Megan Fanney (Morristown, Tenn.) joined Webb in double figures with 12 points while dishing out a game-high five assists. Shandi Edwards (Abington, Va.) and Kayla Orrick (Whitesburg, Tenn.) each posted eight points, while Ca'Star Harper (Charlotte Court House, Va.) and Ashley Grimm (Bristol, Va.) chipped in nine and eight rebounds, respectively.

Virginia Intermont opened the first half with a 7-0 run before Lees-McRae responded, cutting the margin to 7-4 on a Thompson triple and a Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) free throw. The Cobras would answer with a 10-2 run, pushing the margin to 17-6 on a Haley Odle (Gate City, Va.) jumper with 13:16 remaining in the half.

Lees-McRae stormed back, responded with a 14-0 run to take a 20-17 advantage on a jumper by Haynes at the 9:51 mark. Neither team would hold a lead of more than three points for the remainder of the half, trading the advantage four times over the final eight minutes of the period as the Cobras made a late push to take a 34-32 lead into the intermission.

The Bobcats regained the momentum early in the second half, opening the period with a 9-2 run to take a 41-36 lead at the 14:51 mark following back-to-back jumpers by Witte. After Lees-McRae pushed the margin to 53-40 with a 12-4 run, Virginia Intermont answered quickly, launching a 15-4 run in the next three and a half minutes to cut the lead to 57-56 on a clutch three-point play by Fanney at the 4:50 mark.

Webb and Witte would then trade baskets on back-to-back possessions, leaving the Bobcats holding a narrow 59-58 margin with 2:57 to play. Virginia Intermont answered on a Webb layup, reclaiming a 60-59 lead on a Webb layup and capping the night's scoring with a Harper jumper at the 1:15 mark before play was halted seconds later.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats host Pfeiffer University to open their Conference Carolinas schedule. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

- LMC -