MARS HILL, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team led by as many as 20 points in the first quarter on its way to a 79-62 victory over Mars Hill Monday afternoon. The victory moves LMC's record to 4-5 on the season, which matches the team's win total from all of last season.
As mentioned earlier the Bobcats dominated the opening 10 minutes of Monday's contest scoring 28 of 36 points on their way to a 28-8 lead over the Lions after one quarter. Brea Forbes led the charge for Lees-McRae in the first scoring 11 points in the frame.
Mars Hill would answer in the second quarter as it outscored LMC 17-10 in the stanza to close the deficit to 13 points going into the halftime break, 38-25. MHU used a balanced attack to get back into the contest as eight different Lions scored points in the first half.
Lees-McRae got things rolling again in the third quarter expanding its lead back out to a game-high 28 points with 5:02 to go in the frame. MHU would trim LMC's lead down to nine points with just under three minutes to go in the game, but the Bobcats would hold on for the 79-62 victory.
Overall, the Bobcats had four players reach double figure point totals Monday. Forbes led all players with 23 points and collected a team-high nine rebounds. Freshmen Karli Mason and Meg Crawford scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, and Mackenzie Blankenship scored 10 as well. Setting up these four players and the rest of the Bobcat offense was Markia Stacey. Stacey dished out a career-high 12 assists in the win and in doing so moved into fifth place on the all-time assist list in program history with 293.
LMC will now break for the holidays and it will return to action on New Year's Eve when it hits the road to take on UNC Greensboro in an exhibition game. That game is set for a 2 p.m. start time.