YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team dropped its non-conference contest against No. 14 North Georgia 78-47 on Saturday (Nov. 10).
First Quarter - Lees-McRae led 15-14 after a slow-starting first quarter, with the scoring beginning with a pair of free throws from Tamera Thorpe. Markia Stacey got the Bobcats on the board with a triple, before Amber Skidgel scored a layup to get the Nighthawks back on top 4-3. It would be past three minutes in the first quarter before another bucket would be scored, as Julianne Sutton scored a layup for UNG to double up LMC 6-3. Just past the four-minute mark, Taylor Fluette would score a bucket to get LMC back within one before following it up with a three-pointer to put the Bobcats ahead 8-6. The media timeout came and went before Thorpe would tie the game at eight with a layup with just over four minutes to play in the period. Thorpe was fouled on the play and tacked on the free throw, before LMC would go on a 6-0 run in a little over a minute to get their lead up to 15-9. Brea Forbes began the run with a layup, before getting to the free throw line on the following possession and knocking down two foul shots. She would get back to the line with less than three minutes to play in the frame, and split the pair to leave LMC up 13-9. With just over two minutes to play in the frame, Alexis Ammons would knock down a jumper to stretch LMC's lead to a quarter-best six. Sutton would earn a trip to the line for UNG and split two free throws, getting the Nighthawks within five. A jumper by Sutton on North Georgia's following possession would get the game within three, before a layup from her with 37 seconds left would get the first quarter to its final score.
Second Quarter - The No. 14 Nighthawks took control in the second quarter, winning the frame 24-8 and taking a 38-23 lead to the locker room. Breanna Hardnett began the scoring in the frame with a jumper, before Sutton scored a layup to get the game back within one. The bucket sparked a 13-3 run for the Nighthawks that spanned five minutes and change. Fluette broke up the run with a triple with just over four minutes remaining in the quarter to get the game back to seven points, before a Jordan Soares layup got the Bobcats back within five. The Nighthawks would go on an 11-1 run to close the first half and get their lead back up to 15 points.
Third Quarter - LMC would hang with the No. 14 Nighthawks in scoring in the quarter (UNG 16-15), but North Georgia would extend its lead in the frame. The Nighthawks led by as many as 22 and their smallest lead was 16.
Fourth Quarter - The No. 14 Nighthawks would extend their lead further in the fourth quarter and get the win, while holding LMC to just nine points in the quarter.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae shot just 23.8 percent (15-63) from the floor, 22.2 percent (6-27) from downtown and 57.9 percent (11-19) from the charity stripe. Fluette's eight points were a team-high, while Stacey finished with seven. Three other Bobcats each scored five points in the contest, while two others scored four each. Another trio added three points apiece. LMC pulled down 35 rebounds in the game, led by five each from Destiny Johnson and Meg Crawford. Fluette's three assists were also a game-high, while three other Bobcats each had two helpers.
Up Next - The Bobcats (1-1) return home to Williams Gymnasium on Thursday (Nov. 15) for their home opener against Catawba, which is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off.