Bobcats Stumble at North Greenville, 73-56

TIGERVILLE, S.C. --- The Lees-McRae women's basketball team climbed out to an early lead, but was unable to sustain it while dropping a 73-56 decision at North Greenville in Conference Carolinas action Monday evening at Hayes Gymnasium in Tigerville, S.C.

The Crusaders (8-15, 4-11 CC) had four players register double figures while Alisha Hope and Timisty Nelson paved the way with 16 apiece. The Bobcats (11-13, 8-7) only managed four free-throw attempts despite taking 10 more shots than NGU in the second half (31-21).

The game remained tight early while a Jaquazha Barrino bucket at the 13:15 mark tied it for the fourth time, 13-13.

The Crusaders would use a 9-2 run to create some breathing room thanks to a Krisceda Cotton three, 22-15.

Sophomore Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) finished an old-fashion three-point play prior to an Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) triple to cut the lead to three.

Patterson paced the Bobcats with 13 points.

The junior struck again with consecutive fast break buckets to keep LMC in striking distance, but a pair of three-pointers from Emily Wampler and Cotton gave NGU an 11-point cushion at the break, 38-27.

The Bobcats shot 41.4% from the floor while the Crusaders hit four three-pointers in the first half.

NGU's Nelson came out on fire in the second half while scoring the squads' first 12 points of the second half to keep the lead at 11, 54-43.

Trailing by 14, Patterson, Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) and Natalija Cakarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) knocked down consecutive buckets to cut the deficit to eight with 5:03 remaining.

The Crusaders would put it out of reach with a 7-2 run over the next 2:30 to stretch the lead to 14, 65-51.

NGU shot 57.1% in the second half and forced 21 Bobcat turnovers in the game.

Sophomore Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.) added 10 points and six boards for LMC.

The Bobcats return to action Wednesday when they host Mount Olive in the Think Pink Game at 5:30 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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