BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Janina Thurau (Berlin, Germany) poured in a game-high 21 points with a perfect 7-for-7 game from the field to lead the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team to a 93-55 victory over St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday afternoon.
Lees-McRae (2-8, 2-3 CC) registered its largest winning margin of the season while shooting a campaign-best 49.2 percent from the field, including a scorching 57.6 percent clip in the second half. The Bobcats forced 23 St. Andrews (0-11, 0-7 CC) turnovers, converting those miscues into 27 points, while winning the battle on the glass by a 51-36 margin.
Thurau knocked down each of her seven attempts from the field, including a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range, while Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) recorded a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) and Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) each chipped in 13 points, as Patterson dished out a game-high seven assists.
Brittany Roberts (Concord, N.C.) paced the Knights with 12 points as Kimayah Fulcher (New Bern, N.C.) and Brittiany Roberts (Morganton, N.C.) chipped in eight and seven points, respectively. Natalie Whitman (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for St. Andrews while Ariel Reaves (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) dished out a squad-best six assists.
The Bobcats opening the game on fire from the field, knocking down each of their first five shots to take an early 12-0 lead on an Erin Thompson (Ashburn, Va.) triple at the 17:47 mark. St. Andrews responded with a 5-0 spurt to cut the margin to 12-5 on a triple by Rebecca Bryant (Cincinnati, Ohio) before Lees-McRae regained control, scoring 10 of the next 15 points to push the margin back to 22-10 on a free throw by Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) with 11:38 to play in the half.
After the teams traded a pair of baskets over the next few minutes and Knight knocked down a three for the Knights, the Bobcats rattled off a quick 5-0 spurt to open a 31-17 lead on a Melissa Jensen (Aarhus, Denmark) jumper with 3:24 left in the period. St. Andrews would finish the half strong, cutting the margin to 36-26 at the intermission with a 9-5 run over the last three minutes of the half.
The Bobcats answered early in the second half, opening the period with a 20-6 run to take a 56-32 lead on a three-point play by Parker with 14:48 left in the contest. Lees-McRae would maintain the 20-point margin for the duration of the game, closing out the win with a 12-5 run over the final three minutes to claim the victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Due West, S.C. to take on Erskine College. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.
Lees-McRae College, a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA, is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Being a year-round tourist destination, the area provides the best of a vibrant college community coupled with natural beauty and a rich history. Please see www.lmc.edu for more information.
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