BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lees-McRae junior Kerri Belcher recorded her second consecutive double-double to help lead the Bobcats to a 75-74 victory against Erskine College in a thrilling Conference Carolinas bout Wednesday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bobcats (5-8, 2-2 CC) snapped a three-game losing skid and remain perfect (3-0) at home while a trio of players registered at least 13 points. The Flying Fleet (6-5, 2-2) trailed by as many as 15 in the second half, but was unable to dig themselves out of the deficit despite a double double from Adrienne Bannerman.
The first half was a see-saw battle following a Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) three to give the Bobcats a 13-9 advantage with 13:49 on the clock. LMC freshman Niroska Perez (Asheville, N.C.) drained one of the her three triples at the 9:14 mark to push the LMC lead to eight, 20-12.
Erskine would rally back thanks to consecutive layups from Tyndell Mendenhall to knot it up at 26 with 5:34 remaining in the first half.
Neither team could catch much breathing room until a pair for free-throws from Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.) propelled LMC to a six-point advantage, but a deep three by the Flying Fleet's Raygon Hendrix with three ticks on the clock made it a 43-40 ballgame in LMC's favor.
The Bobcats offense caught fire in the second half while it started the second half on a 19-7 run in first eight minutes, stretching their lead to 15, 62-47. Munson chipped in six of her game-high 20 during the spurt.
Erskine wouldn't back down as it chipped away thanks to a 16-6 run following a three from Rosa Powell.
A Belcher layup was the last field goal the Bobcats would record on the evening at the 6:10 mark.
The Bobcat defense held strong despite a 10-1 run from the Flying Fleet. Hendrix missed a desperation three at the buzzer while LMC sealed the victory.
Munson registered her fourth 20-point game on the season while Belcher (19 points, 11 rebounds) led the team in rebounding. Lewis enjoyed a 13-point output while the Bobcats shot 41.8% from the floor.
Bannerman impressed with 15 points and 13 boards while Hendrix led the squad with 16 points. LMC forced 22 turnovers while dishing out 15 assists.
The Bobcats look to win consecutive games for the second time this season when they welcome Pfeiffer to Williams Gymnasium in a Conference Carolinas game Saturday at 2 p.m.
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