BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) dished out a game-high eight assists and added 14 points and four steals to lead the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team to a 96-61 win over Milligan College on Wednesday night in Williams Gymnasium.
Lees-McRae (3-0) recorded its third straight win to open the season, shooting at a 48.6 percent clip from the floor, while holding Milligan (1-4) to a field goal percentage of 37.9 percent. The Bobcats knocked down 8-of-13 from behind the arc while winning the battle on the glass by a 50-34 margin, including a 21-12 advantage on the offensive boards. Lees-McRae also converted 24 Buffalo turnovers into 23 points.
Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) continued her strong play to open the season, pouring in a game- and career-high 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting while knocking down 5-of-6 attempts from downtown. Patterson chipped in 14 markers, while Megan Tate (High Point, N.C.) and Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) each tallied 11 points. Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) added eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds, as Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) chipped in a contest-best five blocks.
Alisha Mainer paced Milligan with 14 points and six rebounds, as Johneshia Good added 13 markers and six boards. Dorian Freeman added nine points and six boards, as Good posted a team-high three assists.
Milligan got off to a quick start, scoring the game's first five points before Lees-McRae answered with a 22-7 run to take a 22-10 lead on a driving layup by Tate on the fast break at the 11:12 mark. The Bobcats would continue to dictate the tempo, pushing the lead to 35-18 on a Patterson jumper at the 5:34 mark.
After Milligan trimmed the margin to 42-33 with a 15-7 run, the Bobcats closed out the half with a 6-0 spurt to take a 48-33 lead into the intermission following a last-second layup by Parker off an assist from Tate.
The Bobcats would carry the momentum into the second half, pushing the margin to 62-40 on a Tate layup at the 14:46 mark. Milligan answered with a 14-7 run, cutting the lead to 69-54 on a pair of freebies by Ashlee Price before the Bobcats countered with a 20-5 surge, pushing the margin to 89-59 on a Haynes layup at the 3:30 mark. The Bobcats then closed out the win with a 7-2 spurt over the final three and a half minutes, capping the scoring on a triple from Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.).
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Monday, November 28 when the Bobcats travel to Madisonville, Tenn. to take on Hiwassee College at 5 p.m. The Bobcats beat the Tigers by a 95-31 margin on Nov. 14.
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