INDIANAPOLIS --- The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team is ranked fourth in the nation in assists per game, and is listed among the national leaders in 17 additional individual and team categories in this season's first edition of the NCAA Division II women's basketball statistics, announced NCAA officials Tuesday.
Lees-McRae (4-1) is off to its best start in years, winning four of its first five games to enter the week ranked fourth in the nation in assists per game (19.8), fifth in turnover margin (10.0), eighth in scoring margin (22.8), 13th in scoring offense (79.5), and 15th in assist-turnover ratio (1.11). The Bobcats are also ranked 29th in steals per game (12.8), 42nd in free-throw percentage (74.4), 46th in three-point field goal percentage (35.5), 47th in scoring defense (56.8), and 52nd in field goal percentage (43.4).
Sophomore Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) enters the week ranked fourth in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.5), as junior Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) is listed 23rd in assists per game (5.0) and 56th in steals per contest (2.8).
Second-year standout Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, Va.) is listed 29th in three-point field goals per game (2.8), while also being ranked 50th in three-point field goal percentage (40.7) and overall field goal percentage (52.5). Junior Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) is also ranked 40th in blocked shots per game (2.0).
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Friday, December 30 when the Bobcats travel to Bristol, Va. to take on Virginia Intermont College in a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m.
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