BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae women's basketball team put on an offensive show case while placing six players in double figures and led by as many as 51 in a 93-46 Conference Carolinas victory against Converse, Thursday evening at Williams Gymnasium in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bobcats (10-11, 7-5 CC) shot an eye-popping and season-high 57.6% on the evening and picked up their largest victory since a 59-point blowout of St. Andrews (Feb. 11, 2012). The Valkyries (1-19, 1-11 CC) struggled from the floor while going 3-for-16 from long range.
LMC ran out a 19-5 lead in the first eight minutes of the game following a Natalija Cakarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) layup.
The Bobcats continued to extend the lead thanks to a 22-8 run following a triple from Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.)
Lewis followed up with a jumper to give LMC a 43-15 lead at the 2:48 mark.
The Bobcats shot 51.6% in the first 20 minutes while the defense held strong allowing CC to knock down only 32% of its shots.
LMC saw its lead reach its highest peak after a pair of buckets from Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) at the 2:50 mark.
The Bobcats shot 64.3% from the field in the second half and scored 35 points off of turnovers in the game.
Lewis paced both squads with 19 points while Truesdale had 15 and a team-high six boards. Collins and Cakarevic enjoyed season-highs in points with 12 and 11, respectively.
Belcher and Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) chipped in with 10 points each.
Margo Dill paced Converse with 12 points while the Valkyries turned the ball over 28 times.
The Bobcats begin a three-game road swing with a date at Erskine in Due West, S.C. Saturday at 2 p.m. LMC won a 75-74 nailbiter against the Flying Fleet Jan. 8.
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