BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Mount Olive College women's basketball team utilized a 47-point second half surge to rally past Lees-McRae College en route to a 76-61 win over the Bobcats in Conference Carolinas play on Sunday afternoon.
Mount Olive (12-5, 9-2 CC) shot 41.9 percent from the floor in the game, including an even 50 percent (16-for-32) in the second half, while holding the Bobcats (3-12, 3-7 CC) to a 32.8 percent clip on the day. The Trojans won the battle on the glass by a 45-41 margin, including a 33-26 advantage on the defensive boards, while converting 18 Bobcat miscues into 16 points.
Janina Thurau (Berlin, Germany) poured in 19 points for the Bobcats, knocking down five three-pointers and hauling down six rebounds. Megan Tate (High Point, N.C.) joined Thurau in double figures with 12 points, while Erin Thompson (Ashburn, Va.) hauled down a team-high seven rebounds. Tate and Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) also chipped in six boards each, as Witte added 10 points of her own. Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) also added a game-high five steals for Lees-McRae.
Andrea Jones (Suffolk, Va.) led all scorers with 23 points, knocking down 7-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc. Jasmine Whitby (Yorktown, Va.) joined Jones in double figures with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting while tallying a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds. Jasmine McDonald (Lorton, Va.) added a game-high four assists for the Trojans, while Brittany Miller (Holly Springs, N.C.) chipped in nine points and eight rebounds.
Both teams shot well to open the game, knocking down a combined nine of the first 14 shots as the Bobcats claimed an early 12-11 lead on a Thurau triple with 15:48 to play in the half. The teams traded the lead six times over the next 10 minutes, with LMC taking a 24-21 lead on a Tate jumper with 6:22 left in the period. McGee then knocked down a triple for Mount Olive to even the score at 24-24, before the Bobcats closed out the half with a 10-5 run to take a 34-29 lead into the intermission.
Mount Olive stormed back in the second half, opening the period on a 16-3 run to take a 47-37 lead on back-to-back three-pointers by Jones with 11:52 to play. The Trojans took control from there, taking their largest lead of the game at 58-42 with a Whitby jumper at the 7:13 mark. Lees-McRae would battle back, cutting the lead to 61-52 with a 10-3 spurt before Mount Olive reclaimed the momentum, as the Trojans then closed out the win with a 15-9 run over the final two and a half minutes to clinch the 76-61 victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Misenheimer, N.C. to take on Pfeiffer University in a 7:30 p.m. matchup. The Falcons claimed the first meeting of the season by an 83-43 score on Dec. 1.
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