January 4, 2012

Bobcats listed among national statistics leaders

INDIANAPOLIS --- The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team is ranked among the nation's top 10 teams in four statistical categories in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II women's basketball statistics, announced NCAA officials Wednesday.

Lees-McRae (5-2, 1-0 Conference Carolinas) is off to one of the best starts in program history, gutting out a 60-56 win over Belmont Abbey College on Tuesday night to open league play. The Bobcats enter the week ranked third in the nation in turnover margin (10.0), fourth in assists per game (19.5), sixth in scoring margin (22.8), and seventh in scoring offense (79.5). Lees-McRae is also listed 11th in assist turnover ratio (1.11) and 35th in free throw percentage (73.9).

Sophomore Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) continues to rank among the nation's leaders in assist turnover ratio, entering the week listed 11th with a mark of 2.5. Junior Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) is ranked 22nd in steals per game (3.0), 40th in assists per contest (4.5), 77th in assist turnover ratio (1.5), and 81st in field goal percentage (49.2).

Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) is also listed among the nation's top players, entering the week ranked 31st in three-pointers per game (2.7) and 61st in three-point field goal percentage (39.0), while Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) is ranked 52nd in blocked shots per game (1.8).

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Thursday when the Bobcats travel to Gaffney, S.C. to take on Limestone College in conference play at 5:30 p.m.

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