GAFFNEY, S.C. --- The Limestone College women's basketball team placed four players in double figures and knocked down 11 three-pointers en route to an 87-64 win over Lees-McRae College in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Monday night.
Limestone (23-6) posted a field goal percentage of 42.9percent on the night, including a 47.4 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (9-16) to a mark of 39.4 percent from the floor. Each team recorded 43 rebounds in the contest, as Limestone converted 18 Lees-McRae turnovers into 20 points.
DeAnna Waters (Upper Marlboro, Md.) paced the Bobcats with a double-double, recording a season-high 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds and a contest-best four blocked shots. Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) added 10 points, as Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) chipped in eight markers, six rebounds, and four assists.
Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) posted six points and nine rebounds in her collegiate finale, concluding her career with 300 markers, 283 boards, and a 49.2 percent clip from the floor. Amber Coleman (Alexandria, Va.) and Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) also wrapped up their collegiate careers in the loss, finishing with 372 and 242 points, respectively, as Witte concludes her tenure ranked sixth in program history with 53 blocked shots.
Tia Williams led all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including a 5-for-7 night from beyond the arc, as Kaileigh West posted a double-double with 17 markers and a game-high 12 rebounds. Maria Young and Stephanie Hayes added 15 and 13 points, respectively, as Hayes, Williams, and Lauren Pace each posted a game-high five assists.
The game proved to be a tightly contested affair in the early going, as Lees-McRae snatched an 11-9 lead on a pair of free throws by Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) before Limestone responded with a 12-6 run, taking a 21-17 advantage on a lay-in by Alicia Brookins at the 12:39 mark. After the Bobcats evened the tally at 23-23 on a pair of Zuyke Smith (Chesterfield, Va.) freebies, Limestone launched a 19-6 run to close out the period and take a 42-29 lead into the intermission.
Limestone continued to dictate the tempo in the second half, pushing the lead to 66-45 on a Brookins layup with 9:25 to play in the game. The Saints would hold on from there, extending the margin to as many as 27 points down the stretch en route to the 87-64 victory and a berth in the semifinal round.
Lees-McRae is expected to return 10 letter-winners from this year's squad, including rising seniors Patterson, Smith, Juliane Faltus (Berlin, Germany), and Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.).
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