Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Entering the stretch run of the 2017-18 season, the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will travel to take Southern Wesleyan on Tuesday before returning home to host North Greenville on Saturday. Tuesday's game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off, while Saturday's contest is slated to get underway at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae picked up a 73-62 victory over Erskine on the road last Saturday. The victory, which completes the season sweep of the Flying Fleet for the Bobcats, boosts LMC's record to 7-14 overall and 4-11 in league action.
Prep for a Postseason Push – The Bobcats are currently fighting to earn a spot in the upcoming Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Tournament. As of right now, Lees-McRae would be on the outside looking in as it sits a half game out of the final tournament spot. Fortunately for the Bobcats, they will take on each of the three teams sitting directly in front of them in the league standings over the course of the next two weeks.
Season Sweep Stat – Just like it did on Saturday at Erskine, the Bobcats will look to earn the season sweep Tuesday when it visits Southern Wesleyan. The last time that Lees-McRae swept the season series against more than one conference foe was in 2015-16 when the squad won both games against Converse, Erskine and SWU.
More Assists for Markia – Markia Stacey could very well make some history this season in regards to assists. Stacey has racked up 124 helpers so far in 2017-18 tying her for the tenth-most in the history of the program. Additionally, the Morganton, N.C. native needs just 27 more assists to break the program's single season record in that category.
About the Opponents – Southern Wesleyan is currently sixth in the league standings with a record of 5-10 within the conference and a 6-15 mark overall. Tatiyana Mahone has been SWU's top player thus far averaging 11.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.
North Greenville, meanwhile, sits just a half game in front of Lees-McRae entering this week's play. NGU, which is 5-16 overall 4-10 conference play, is led by Karen Donehew who is the second-leading scorer in the Conference Carolinas this season averaging a little over 19 points per game.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – LMC has had a great deal of success against SWU since the latter joined the league in 2014. Overall, the Bobcats are 5-2 against the Warriors with one of those five victories coming earlier this season, 94-72, in Banner Elk. As for the series against North Greenville, the Crusaders have won 11 of the 14 meetings between the two programs since 2009. Lees-McRae's last win in the series came on January 13, 2015, 86-77.