BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Five players scored in double figures to lead the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team to a 95-31 win over visiting Hiwassee College on Monday evening in Williams Gymnasium.
Lees-McRae (2-0) shot 52.1 percent from the floor, including a 54.3 percent clip in the second half, while limiting Hiwassee (2-2) to a 22.6 percent mark from the field on the evening. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 55-27 margin, including a 40-22 advantage on the defensive boards, while converting 29 Tiger turnovers into 36 points.
Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) and Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with 12 points each, while Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) added 11 markers and Nataljia Cakarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) each posted 10 points. Cakarevic and Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) each posted a game-high nine rebounds, while Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) chipped in a contest-best nine assists and four steals.
Britnie McDannald nearly recorded a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds for Hiwassee, as Bethany Allen added 10 markers and seven boards.
Lees-McRae led wire-to-wire, jumping out to an early 19-4 lead on a jumper by Amber Coleman (Alexandria, Va.) with 12:34 left in the first half. The Bobcats would close out the first half strong, outscoring the Tigers by a 17-3 margin over the final eight and a half minutes to take a 40-16 lead into the intermission.
The Bobcats stormed out of the gate in the second half, pushing the lead to 57-17 with a 17-1 run before stretching the lead to 77-26 on a jumper by Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) at the 6:53 mark. Lees-McRae then closed out the game with an 18-5 run, capping the scoring on a Coleman layup with less than a minute to go.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats host Milligan College at 6 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium. The Bobcats defeated the Buffaloes by a 70-54 margin in an exhibition game at Milligan on Nov. 8.
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