DUE WEST, S.C. --- The Erskine College women's basketball team overcame a late double-digit deficit, outscoring Lees-McRae College by a 19-4 margin over the final six minutes on Wednesday night en route to a narrow 75-74 victory in Conference Carolinas action.
Erskine (5-8, 3-4 CC) won the battle on the glass by a 50-43 margin, including a 23-15 advantage on the offensive boards. The Bobcats (2-9, 2-4 CC) posted a solid night from the field, connecting on 44 percent of their attempts from the floor, including a 48.6 percent clip in the first half. Lees-McRae held the Flying Fleet to a 36 percent clip from the field on the night, while outscoring Erskine by a 34-22 margin in the paint.
Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) paced the Bobcats with her second straight double-double, turning in season-highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting. Janina Thurau (Berlin, Germany), Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.), and Erin Thompson (Ashburn, Va.) joined Parker in double figures with 15, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Melissa Jensen (Aarhus, Denmark) chipped in a game-high three steals for the Bobcats.
Morgan Porsha (Columbus, Ga.) led the way for Erskine with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while Elizabeth Tatum (Glennville, Ga.) chipped in a double-double with 17 points and a contest-best 14 rebounds. Jean Marie Harris (Lancaster, S.C.) added 12 markers for the Flying Fleet, as Neci Allen (North Augusta, S.C.) and Porsha posted six and five assists, respectively.
Lees-McRae opened the first half strong, taking an early 10-5 lead on a Thurau triple at the 14:20 mark before Erskine responded, launching a 17-11 run to take a narrow 22-21 lead on a jumper by Porsha with 9:20 left in the period. The Bobcats would answer with a tremendous run of their own, closing out the half with a 22-9 spurt to take a 43-31 lead into the intermission following a triple by Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) with 35 seconds left in the period.
The Bobcats would maintain the double-digit margin until the 13:04 mark of the second half, when Allen converted a three-point play to cut the lead to 54-45. Lees-McRae responded with a 10-4 spurt, pushing the margin to 64-49 on a jumper by Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) with 9:27 to play.
Lees-McRae held the double-digit margin for much of the next five minutes until Erskine claimed the momentum, launching a 19-1 run over the next four minutes to take a 75-71 lead. Lees-McRae would answer with a Thompson triple to cut the gap to 75-74 in the closing seconds to equal the final margin.
The Bobcats return to the court on Saturday when they travel to Hartsville, S.C. to take on Coker College at 2 p.m.
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