MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. --- Jasmine Whitby (Yorktown, Va.) posted a double-double with game-highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mount Olive College women's basketball team to a 79-57 win over Lees-McRae College on Saturday night in Conference Carolinas play, as the Trojans rallied from a 10-point first half deficit.
Mount Olive (18-6, 15-3 CC) shot an even 50 percent from the floor for the game, including a 54.8 percent clip in the first half, while holding Lees-McRae (6-16, 6-11 CC) to a 32.2 percent mark in the second period. The Trojans won the battle on the glass by a 38-23 margin, including a 11-4 advantage on the offensive boards, while converting 21 Bobcat miscues into 21 points.
Janina Thurau (Berlin, Germany) paced the Bobcats with 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting, dishing out a team-high three assists, while Melissa Jensen (Aarhus, Denmark) and Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) joined Thurau in double figures with 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Jensen and Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) each posted a team-high four rebounds as Patterson notched a squad-best three steals.
Whitby knocked down 9-of-11 attempts from the floor and went 8-for-10 at the free throw line to pace the Trojans with 26 markers. Laporsha Davis (High Point, N.C.) and Joneiqua Gary (Norfolk, Va.) joined Whitby in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Destinee Webb (Rochester, N.Y.) also chipped in game-highs of five assists and four steals for the Trojans.
Lees-McRae started off strong, answering a pair of early buckets by Mount Olive with an 18-4 run to open an 18-8 lead on a Patterson jumper at the 14:33 mark of the first half. The Trojans fought back with a 14-4 run over the next five and a half minutes, evening the score at 22-22 on a Brittany Miller (Holly Springs, N.C.) jumper with 8:59 left in the period.
Mount Olive continued to dictate play throughout the next five minutes, opening a 38-25 lead with a 16-3 run, which was capped by a Whitby layup with 3:12 remaining in the half en route to a 40-31 advantage at the intermission.
The Trojans carried the momentum into the second half, pushing the margin to 51-34 with an 11-3 run that was capped by a Davis bucket with 17:33 to play. Mount Olive maintained the double-digit margin for the remainder of the game, pushing the lead to a game-high 25 points at 79-54 with just under two minutes left on the clock.
Lees-McRae returns to the hardwood on Tuesday when the Bobcats travel to Belmont, N.C. to take on Belmont Abbey College to continue their conference slate at 5:30 p.m. The Abbey edged LMC by a 63-55 margin in the teams' first meeting of the season on Jan. 27.
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