BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) poured in a career-best 20 points and recorded game-highs of seven steals and five assists on Tuesday night, leading the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team to a 77-45 win over Converse College in Conference Carolinas play in Williams Gymnasium.
Lees-McRae (6-9, 2-7 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 38.4 percent on the night, including a 43.9 percent clip in the second half, while limiting Converse (2-15, 2-6 CC) to a 33.3 percent mark from the floor. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 53-39 margin, including a 24-9 advantage on the offensive boards, while converting 30 Converse turnovers into 38 points.
Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting, knocking down six three-pointers and grabbing seven rebounds to pace the Bobcats. Patterson added 20 markers on 10-of-17 shooting, while Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) nearly posted a double-double with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) chipped in nine points, while DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) posted nine boards and a game-high three blocks, respectively.
Colleen Leung paced the Valkyries with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting, nearly posting a double-double with nine rebounds while adding four steals and three assists. Samira Gillcrese chipped in a game-high 10 rebounds and eight points.
Lees-McRae answered an early Converse bucket with a 19-5 run, claiming a 19-7 lead at the 13:40 mark on three consecutive fast break layups, two from Patterson and one by Flowers. After Converse trimmed the margin to 19-15 with an 8-0 run, the Bobcats answered with a 13-6 spurt of their own to close out the half, taking a 32-21 lead into the intermission.
The Bobcats carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with a 19-9 run to take a 51-30 advantage with 12:29 to play on back-to-back triples by Whitaker. Lees-McRae closed out the win from there, finishing the contest with a 26-15 surge to equal the final margin of 77-45.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Wilson, N.C. to take on Barton College in a conference matchup at 5:30 p.m.
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