Bobcats surge to 67-34 win over Erskine

DUE WEST, S.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team placed three players in double figures, and opened the second half with a 17-0 run en route to a 67-34 victory in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday evening.

Lees-McRae (9-13, 7-12 CC) shot an even 50 percent from the floor on the night, including a 54.2 percent clip in the second half, while limiting Erskine (2-23, 1-18 CC) to a field goal percentage of just 17 percent in the contest. The Fleet won the battle on the glass by a 41-39 margin, including an 18-7 advantage on the offensive boards, as the Bobcats converted 27 Erskine miscues into 28 points.

Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) paced the Bobcats with a game-high 14 points, knocking down 6-of-7 shots from the floor while hauling in six boards. Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) added 13 markers on 5-of-11 shooting, as Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) posted a game-high with her first collegiate 10-assist game. Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) and Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.) chipped in 11 and nine points, respectively, as De Souza posted a game-high four steals.

Jana Dixon led the way for Erskine with a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Tara Potter added six points and a game-high three blocks for the Fleet.

Lees-McRae never trailed in the contest, opening an early 18-6 lead on a layup by Zukye Smith (Chesterfield, Va.) before Erskine ate into the advantage with an 11-6 run, trimming the margin to 24-17 following a Potter jumper with 4:25 left in the half. The Bobcats would answer with a 6-2 spurt, taking a 30-19 lead into the intermission following a late jumper by Belcher.

Belcher and the Bobcats carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with a 17-0 run to push the advantage to 47-19 on a Belcher jumper with 11:57 to play. The Bobcats would hold on from there, closing out the win with a 20-15 run to equal the final margin of 67-34 on a late jumper and free throw by Munson.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats host Belmont Abbey College in conference play at 3 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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