Waters paces Bobcats to 65-54 win over King

Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) tallied a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds off the bench to lead the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team to a 65-54 win over King College in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

Lees-McRae (8-13, 4-11 CC) shot an even 50 percent from the floor on the night, including a 52 percent clip in the first half, while holding King (4-20, 4-12 CC) to a field goal percentage of 27.4 percent in the contest. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 45-33 margin, including a 37-22 advantage on the defensive boards, and outscoring the Tornado in the paint by a gap of 44-12.

Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) led all scorers with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting, recording game-highs of five steals and four assists, as she moved into eighth in program history with 147 career thefts. Waters and Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) each posted 16 points, as Waters recorded a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with three steals.

Alley Sprouse paced the Tornado with a double-double, recording 12 points and 10 rebounds as Jana Gross added 12 markers of her own. Kelly Jackson nearly posted a double-double of her own with nine points and nine rebounds, as Brooke Johnson chipped in four assists.

The Bobcats led wire-to-wire, opening a 12-5 lead in the first half on a Patterson jumper at the 15:11 mark. After King cut the margin to 19-17 on a triple by Brittany Kinser, Lees-McRae pushed the lead to 34-19 with a 15-2 run, capping the spurt with a three-point play by Waters at the 3:11 mark before taking a 34-21 advantage into the intermission.

King kept pace in the early moments of the second half, staying within striking distance and cutting the lead to 40-31 on a Jackson triple at the 15:01 mark. Lees-McRae responded with a 12-5 run, pushing the margin to 52-36 on back-to-back buckets by Patterson, the second of which coming with 9:17 to play. The Bobcats would hold on from there, stretching the margin to as many as 18 points before King closed out the contest with a 7-0 run over the final three minutes.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Charlotte, N.C. to take on Queens University of Charlotte in conference play at 2 p.m.

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