BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Freshman Kasey Haynes (Lake Norman, N.C.) poured in a game-high 19 points to lead three Bobcats in double figures as the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team cruised to an 81-64 win over Erskine College on Thursday night in Conference Carolinas play.
Lees-McRae (4-14, 4-9 CC) had one its best shooting nights of the season, connecting on 52.3 percent of its attempts from the floor, including a 54.5 percent clip in the first half, while holding Erskine (8-11, 6-7 CC) to a 33.9 percent mark from the field. The Flying Fleet won the battle on the glass by a slim 40-37 margin, including a 13-7 edge on the offensive boards, as the Bobcats finished the game with a 44-20 scoring advantage in the paint.
Haynes turned in her best scoring performance of the season, pouring in a career- and game-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Janina Thurau (Berlin, Germany) and Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) joined Haynes in double figures with 16 points each, posting identical 7-for-13 games from the floor as Thurau pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Patterson chipped in seven boards and tied Thurau for the team-high with three assists, while Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) posted a contest-best four steals.
Porsha Morgan (Columbus, Ga.) equaled Haynes' game-high total of 19 points to pace the Flying Fleet, knocking down a trio of three-pointers and dishing out a squad-best four assists. Jean Marie Harris (Lancaster, S.C.) added 18 points and six rebounds for Erskine, while Neci Allen (North Augusta, S.C.) chipped in 10 markers of her own. Jana Dixon (Conyers, Ga.) and Lauren Stewart (Hartwell, Ga.) each posted a team-high seven rebounds.
Lees-McRae led wire-to-wire, opening the game with a 10-3 spurt that was capped by a Haynes jumper at the 15:58 mark. After Erskine trimmed the margin to two points on several occasions over the next few minutes before the Bobcats regained control, responding with a 16-6 run to take a 35-23 lead on a Haynes layup with 6:48 left in the half. The Bobcats maintained the double-digit lead for the remainder of the period, carrying a 44-34 advantage into the intermission.
Erskine responded early in the second half, opening the period on a 7-0 run to cut the margin to 44-41 on a Morgan jumper at the 16:41 mark. The Bobcats answered once again, surging out to a 71-51 lead with a 27-10 run, opening their largest lead of the game on a Patterson layup with 6:25 to play. Lees-McRae held on from there, closing out the win on a late bucket by Haynes to notch its fourth conference victory of the season.
Lees-McRae returns to the hardwood on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Laurinburg, N.C. to take on St. Andrews Presbyterian College to continue their conference slate with a 2 p.m. matchup. The Bobcats won the teams' first meeting on Jan. 15 by a 93-55 margin.
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