February 1, 2012

Abbey holds off Bobcats, 59-50

Box score

BELMONT, N.C. --- The Belmont Abbey College women's basketball team withstood a late rally by Lees-McRae College en route to a 59-50 win in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday evening in the Wheeler Center.

Belmont Abbey (10-10, 6-5 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 34.9 percent on the night, including a 40.7 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (6-11, 2-9 CC) to a 31.7 percent mark in the contest. The Abbey won the battle on the glass by a 46-41 margin, including a 31-26 advantage on the defensive boards, while converting 17 Bobcat miscues into 19 points.

Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with 13 points and a game-high four steals, while Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) and DeAnna Waters (Roanoke, Va.) added 12 markers each. Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) also chipped in a game-high nine rebounds.

Melisa Foures led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while Paula Regalaldo and Caitlyn Ranson added 13 and 11 markers, respectively. Regalado and Ranson each posted a game-high four assists, while Foures and Candace Fox both chipped in a team-high eight rebounds.

Belmont Abbey got off to a strong start in the first half, launching a 13-2 run over a six-minute stretch to open a 27-15 lead on a freebie by Regalado at the 5:34 mark. After the teams traded baskets over the next four minutes, the Bobcats closed out the half with a Patterson jumper to cut the Abbey advantage to 29-19 heading into the intermission.

The Abbey answered with a 15-6 to start the second half, pushing the margin to 44-25 on a triple by Fox with 10:36 left on the clock. Belmont Abbey would maintain the advantage for the next seven minutes before the Bobcats gained the momentum, launching a 14-4 run over the remaining three and a half minutes to equal the final margin of 59-50 following a three-point play by Patterson.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Monday when the Bobcats host Limestone College in conference play at 5:30 p.m.

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