CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Melissa Thomas (Havelock, N.C.) poured in a game-high 24 points, and the Queens University of Charlotte women's basketball team won the battle on the glass by a 52-33 margin en route to a 74-67 win over Lees-McRae College on Monday night in Conference Carolinas play.
Queens (10-9, 9-4 CC) shot 44.4 percent on the night, including a 51.6 percent clip in the second half, while holding the Bobcats (3-14, 3-9 CC) to a 41.3 percent mark from the floor. Queens controlled the battle on the boards by a 52-33 margin on the night, including a 20-8 advantage on the offensive glass, while outscoring LMC 21-7 in second chance points.
Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, grabbing a team-high six rebounds and converting 4-of-5 attempts at the free throw line. Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany), Janina Thurau (Berlin, Germany), and Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) joined Patterson in double figures with 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively, as Witte and Zukye Smith (Chesterfield, Va.) equaled Patterson's team-high six boards.
Thomas connected on 9-of-16 attempts from the floor to pace the Royals with 24 points, as Marissa Hudley (Charlotte, N.C.) turned in a double-double with 15 markers and a game-high 15 rebounds. Jessica Lewis (Hampton, Va.) and Shonice Pettaway (Walstonburg, N.C.) each tallied nine points, while Lewis dished out a game-high seven assists. Pettaway and Shakaria Hamlin (Hartsville, S.C.) also each pulled down eight rebounds.
The opening half proved to be a tightly contested affair, with neither team holding more than a five-point advantage through the first 15 minutes of the period. Queens finished the half strong, closing out the period with a 10-3 run to take a 35-27 lead into the intermission.
The Royals carried the momentum into the second half, pushing the margin to 49-37 with a 14-10 run, which was capped by a Thomas triple with 13:53 to play. Lees-McRae responded, cutting the lead to 51-46 with a Patterson layup at the 12:12 mark on the heels of a 9-2 spurt.
After Queens answered with an 11-2 run to open its largest lead of the game at 62-48 with 9:02 to play, Lees-McRae rallied once again, trimming the margin to 62-57 with a 9-0 spurt over the next minute and a half. Queens refused to cede control, reclaiming the momentum and holding on for the 74-67 win.
Lees-McRae returns to the hardwood on Thursday when the Bobcats host Erskine College to continue their conference slate. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. As part of a fundraiser in association with Samaritan's Feet, a not-for-profit organization that is aimed at serving the impoverished by providing them with shoes, Sebastian Wild will coach the Bobcats barefoot on Thursday.
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