BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team placed six players in double figures and scoring a season-high 105 points en route to a 105-46 victory over visiting St. Andrews University in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon in Williams Gymnasium.
Lees-McRae (7-13, 3-11 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 55.8 percent on the afternoon, including a 56.4 percent clip in the second half, while holding St. Andrews (0-20, 0-13 CC) to a mark of 23.2 percent from the floor in the contest. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a decisive 56-27 margin, including a 39-19 advantage on the defensive boards, while converting 25 St. Andrews miscues into 36 points.
Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a 6-for-9 clip from downtown, while pulling down seven rebounds and recording three steals. Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) and Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) each added 18 points, as Patterson dished out a game-high seven assists and recorded two steals to move into ninth in program history.
Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals, as DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) recorded a double-double with 13 markers and a game-high 11 rebounds. Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) added 11 points with a 3-for-6 day from beyond the arc.
Kimayah Fulcher paced the Knights with 11 points, as Karin Law and Brittany Roberts chipped in nine and six markers, respectively. Rebecca Bryant added a game-high five steals, as Fulcher posted a team-best five rebounds.
Lees-McRae stormed out of the gate in the first half, taking a 26-6 lead on a Waters layup with 12:03 to go in the period. The Bobcats would push the lead to 49-17 with a 23-11 run, which was capped by a Patterson jumper at the 2:54 mark. Lees-McRae closed out the period with a 6-2 spurt to take a 55-19 advantage into the intermission following a last-second lay-in by Parker.
The Bobcats carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with an 18-9 run to push the margin to 73-28 on back-to-back buckets by Patterson with 13:37 to play. Lees-McRae would hold on from there, widening the margin to as many as 59 points on a late three-pointer by Flowers.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Tuesday when the Bobcats host King College in conference play at 5:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
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