Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will return to the court for a pair of games this week. Lees-McRae will begin the week by opening its home schedule Tuesday as it hosts Puerto Rico-Bayamon at Williams Gymnasium before making a trip to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday. Tuesday's game is set for a 7 p.m. start time, while Saturday's contest is set to begin at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out: Lees-McRae dropped an 80-68 decision at Queens University of Charlotte last Wednesday. The loss moves LMC's record on the season to 0-2 on the season.
Stacey stamps her name in the record books: With her 16 assists this season, junior Markia Stacey has moved up to eighth in program history with 246 assists. Stacey needs just 26 more helpers to move into seventh place on that list.
Back Home on the Mountain: As mentioned earlier, the Bobcats will have their home opener Tuesday when they host P.R. Bayamon. Like many teams, Lees-McRae plays much better on its home court. Six of the team's last eight victories have come at Williams Gymnasium, including three of the team's four wins last season.
Freshman for Three: Freshman Karli Mason has definitely made an impact on the Bobcats so far this season. Mason has led LMC in scoring in both of its games this season. A major part of Mason's success early on has been her ability to shoot from beyond the arc. The Monroe, N.C. native currently is tied for second in the conference with 12 three-pointers made this season.
About the Opponents: The Cowboys enter Tuesday's game in Banner Elk with a record of 0-2 on the season. Their pair of losses have both come on the road to Converse, 69-57, and Livingstone, 76-71.
Lenoir-Rhyne comes into play this week with a 2-2 record. The Bobcats will be the third Conference Carolinas school the Bears have played so far this season. LRU split those two contests winning against Mount Olive, but it fell to Barton.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: The Bobcats don't have a ton of prior history between their two opponents this week. LMC has identical 0-1 records against both P.R. Bayamon and Lenoir-Rhyne over the past 10 seasons.