BELMONT, N.C. --- A trio of Lees-McRae women's basketball players notched 12 points each, but the team dropped a 69-56 decision to Conference Carolinas foe Belmont Abbey Tuesday evening at the Wheeler Center in Belmont, N.C.
The Crusaders (4-1, 2-0 CC) were led by a 28-point effort from McKenzie Owen while Tajanna Brown grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. The Bobcats (2-3, 1-1) saw junior Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) produce a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds).
Owen fueled the BAC offense early and often by notching 11 of her points in the first 7:30 while the Crusaders raced out to a 17-6 lead.
Senior Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) tallied five of her 12 points in a 24-second span to shave the deficit to nine.
The Crusaders used a pair of three-pointers from Alexandria Busch and Caitlyn Ranson to push the lead to 18, 28-10.
Collins got on a roll and scored six straight points for LMC, but BAC responded to maintain an 18-point lead.
The Crusaders took 10 more shots (42-32) than the Bobcats in the first half.
Coach Michele Williams' team trimmed the disadvantage to six, 45-39, after Alex Anderson (Kingsport, Tenn.) made a layup.
LMC's defense held BAC scoreless for over three minutes during the rally.
A 10-0 run in the span of 1:58 swung momentum back the Crusaders way while their lead ballooned back to 18 before LMC ended the game on a 5-0 run to cap off scoring.
Perez finished with 12 points while Anderson finished with seven points off the bench.
The Bobcats travel to Lincoln Memorial Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. in Harrogate, Tenn.
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