Photo Courtesy of Coastal Carolina Sports Information
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will open its regular season this week with a pair of non-conference games on the road. First, the Bobcats will open with a matchup against Newberry on Monday before traveling to Charlotte to take on Queens (N.C.) on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start time.
Last Time Out: LMC played in an exhibition game last Friday at Coastal Carolina. In that contest, the Bobcats fell by a score of 73-47. Freshman Karli Mason led Lees-McRae in that game scoring nine points on 3-of-10 shooting. Junior Brea Forbes led LMC on the glass grabbing seven rebounds, while chipping in five points as well.
Stacey for Three: A storyline to follow with the Bobcats this season is Markia Stacey's climb up the program's all-time three-point shooting list. Currently, Stacey ranks 10th in program history with 86 three-pointers made. Stacey needs just 20 more made threes to move into ninth place on that list.
Playing away from home: The Bobcats will look to reverse a trend that began last season in how they played away from home. In 2016-17, LMC won just one game away from Banner Elk and that came at Pfeiffer, 56-43. On the season, Lees-McRae posted a 1-13 in true road games in 2016-17.
Freshmen first outing: In addition to the performance by Mason, three other freshmen made their Bobcat debut Friday against Coastal Carolina. Meg Crawford was in the starting lineup and scored four points to go along with two rebounds in 15 minutes of action. Ava Bethea went a perfect 2-for-2 from the field to finish with four points and Grace Canella got on the scoresheet as well with two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes.
About the Opponents: Newberry enters Monday's game against the Bobcats with a 1-1 record on the season. In their two prior games, the Wolves matched up with Conference Carolinas teams in Limestone and Belmont Abbey. Newberry fell to the Saints, 90-74, but it was able to knock off the Crusaders, 77-57. Nicola Handreck has led Newberry so far this season averaging 22.5 points per game.
Queens has only played one regular season game thus far and that was on the road at Emmanuel (GA) College. The Royals fell to the Lions by a score of 76-62. Mendy McNeese paced all Royal scorers in that game scoring 25 points with five three-pointers made.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: Monday's game between Newberry and Lees-McRae will be the first ever meeting between the two programs. Since 2002, meanwhile, Lees-McRae and Queens have each beaten each other 11 times. LMC won the last meeting between the two schools on Jan. 12, 2013 by a score of 60-58 in Banner Elk.