Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The sixth-seeded Lees-McRae College women's basketball team will open the Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Tournament Monday night when they travel to third-seeded Barton College. Start time for Monday's game is set for 7 p.m.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae closed out the regular season with a 64-57 loss to rival King University Friday night at Williams Gymnasium. With the defeat, LMC's record moved to 10-16 overall and 7-13 in conference action.
Freshman finishing with a Flourish – One player that has definitely stepped up her game as of late has been freshman Meg Crawford. The Blountville, Tennessee native has nearly doubled her scoring average in the month of February compared to December and January (6.7 and 7.3 to 12.3). She has also boosted her rebounding average over the last month to 5.8 compared to marks of 4.8 and 4.3 during the season's first two months.
Markia could make history – Point Guard Markia Stacey needs just two more assists against Barton Monday night to break the program's single-season record for assists by a single player. Stacey, who has 149 helpers to her credit in 2017-18, would break former Bobcat Alphadelia Smith who set the current record of 150 assists in the 1987-1988 season.
About the Conference Carolinas Tournament – The four quarterfinal matchups of the conference tournament will be played the top four seeds' gyms at 7 p.m. Monday. The other first round games include: No. 8 North Greenville at No. 1 Limestone, No. 7 Erskine at No. 2 Belmont Abbey and No. 5 Mount Olive at No. 4 King. The semifinals and final will be played on the campus of the highest seed remaining after the quarterfinals on March 1 and 2, respectively. The winner of the Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Championship will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship.
About Barton – Barton finished just one game behind Limestone for the league's regular season championship. The Bulldogs posted a record of 20-8 overall and 15-5 in conference play in 2017-18. Leading the charge for Barton has been the trio of Alex Kimble (17.2 ppg), Kianna Wynn (16.6 ppg) and Dinah Neal (11.6). Kimble scoring average of 17.2 points per game rank fourth among Conference Carolinas players this season.
Series History vs. Barton – If the Bobcats hope to continue play in the tournament, they will have to accomplish something that they haven't been able to do very often and that is defeat Barton. LMC is 1-25 against the Bulldogs since the start of 2006. The Bulldogs beat the Bobcats by scores of 81-68 and 79-48 this season.