January 10, 2012

Fleet hold off Bobcats, 67-60

Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Erskine College women's basketball team placed four players in double figures, and held Lees-McRae College to a field goal percentage of 32.9 percent on Tuesday night en route to a 67-60 victory in Conference Carolinas play in Williams Gymnasium.

Erskine (4-8, 2-3 CC) shot 42 percent from the floor on the night, including a 45.8 percent clip in the second half, while limiting Lees-McRae (5-5, 1-3 CC) to a 32.9 percent mark in the contest. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 45-41 margin, including a 19-7 advantage on the offensive boards, while converting 23 Flying Fleet turnovers into 21 points.

DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) paced the Bobcats with a double-double, posting team-highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) added contest-bests of eight steals and seven assists; Patteson's steal total was also a career-high. Megan Tate (High Point, N.C.) chipped in 10 points, while Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) and Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) each added six markers and seven boards.

Elizabeth Tatum poured in a game-high 20 points to lead the way for the Flying Fleet, while nearly recording a double-double with nine rebounds. Sha'Niqua Whitley added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Jana Dixon chipped in a double-double of her own with 10 markers and a game-high 11 boards. Porsha Morgan also recorded 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while dishing out a squad-best five assists.

The Bobcats started off strong, taking an early 18-10 lead on a Parker jumper at the 7:05 mark before the Fleet responded with an 18-4 run, claiming a 28-22 advantage on Dixon's layup with 1:28 to go in the half. Erskine would take a 30-26 lead into the intermission following a last-second jumper from Waters that trimmed the margin to four.

The Fleet carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with a 9-3 spurt to claim a 39-29 lead following a steal and a layup from Morgan at the 17:29 mark. Lees-McRae would answer with a 15-3 run, taking a 44-42 lead on a Tate jumper with 12:56 to play.

Erskine countered with a 14-4 surge of its own over the next three minutes, opening a 56-48 lead on Morgan's fast break layup at the 9:49 mark. The Bobcats would trim the margin to 56-51 before the Fleet regained control, pushing the lead to 64-52 following Tatum's jumper on the heels of an 8-1 run. Lees-McRae climbed back with an 8-0 spurt, closing the gap to 64-60 before Erskine closed out the win with a trio of late free throws.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Mount Olive, N.C. to take on Mount Olive College in a pivotal conference matchup. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.

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