BANNER ELK, N.C. – Behind a 19-point, 10-rebound effort from Brea Forbes the Lees-McRae College women's basketball won its third game in a row Saturday when it knocked off Southern Wesleyan, 67-61. It marks the first three-game winning streak for the Bobcats since the 2013-14 season.
The Bobcats scored seven of the first nine points of the game Saturday with Alexis Ammons scoring four of the seven points. SWU rallied, however, to tie the score at 9-9. Once the two teams were tied, neither team could gain much of an advantage for the remainder of the frame as the Bobcats held a slim 16-15 lead going to the second.
Lees-McRae put together its best quarter together in the second in regards to points scored. LMC scored 20 points and five different players accounted for that total. Because the improved offense from the Bobcats, they were able to build an eight-point lead on the Warriors before settling for a six-point advantage (36-30) heading to the half.
With a six-point deficit to overcome, the Warriors came storming back in the third quarter scoring a game-high 22 points in the stanza. Tatiyana Mahone played all 10 minutes in the third and scored a team-high seven points to lead SWU. Mahone and the rest of the Warriors ended up closing the deficit to just two points (54-52) going into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter, the Bobcats' defense made some adjustments and held Southern Wesleyan to a shooting percentage of just 26.7 percent in the final quarter. LMC also put in a stellar effort rebounding in the fourth out-rebounding the Warriors 13-7. With the defensive effort and the work on the glass, the Bobcats were able to finish off the Warriors, 67-61.
Forbes was not the only Bobcat to have a stellar game Saturday. Ammons and Breana Hardnett also finished in double figures with 12 points each. Fellow sophomore Markia Stacey dished out a team-high seven assists Saturday.
LMC, now 4-18 overall and 4-12 in conference play, will look to keep this hot streak going Tuesday when it hosts Emmanuel (GA) at Williams Gymnasium. The Golden Lions won the first matchup between the two teams, 77-69, in late November. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.