BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team trailed by just three at halftime, but North Greenville University outscored the Bobcats 22-7 in the third quarter en route to a 77-61 victory over the Bobcats at Williams Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
The Crusaders got out to a 27-17 lead on the Bobcats after one quarter of play. The two squads shot similar percentages from the field (55.6 to 50.0 percent), but the difference was five three-pointers by North Greenville. Anna Hairgrove and Brea Forbes both had six points in the opening frame to lead Lees-McRae.
Forbes and the rest of the Bobcats outscored the Crusaders by seven points in the second quarter to narrow the deficit to just three points heading into halftime, 40-37. Forbes added seven more points in the second to move her point total to 13 heading into the locker room.
The difference in Tuesday's game came in the third quarter. NGU shot 50 percent from the field and racked up 22 points on the Bobcat defense. Unfortunately, LMC hit a cold spell offensively shooting just 18.8 percent in the stanza, which allowed North Greenville to grow its lead to 18 points going into the final quarter, 62-44.
LMC battled North Greenville in the fourth quarter outscoring its opposition 17-15. However, the 18-point deficit proved too much as NGU finished off the 77-61 win over Lees-McRae. Alexis Ammons posted 10 points in the final frame to pace LMC.
With the strong finish at the end, Ammons finished with a team-high 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Fellow sophomore Forbes was not far behind finishing with 15 points and led LMC with six rebounds. Additionally, freshman Christa Tumminello dished out a career-high six assists in the loss
The Bobcats, now 1-17 overall and 1-11 in league play, will hit the road to take on Belmont Abbey Friday and Pfeiffer Saturday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.