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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team looks to even its record and pick up its first Conference Carolinas win of the season this week, with three games on the slate. The week begins with Lees-McRae hosting Limestone on Tuesday (Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m.), before they travel to UNC Greensboro for a Div. I exhibition on Thursday (Dec. 6, 7 p.m.) and Mount Olive on Saturday (Dec. 8, 2 p.m.) to conclude the week. Video and live stats for the two Conference Carolinas games will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com while live stats will be available for the game at UNC Greensboro.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week with a 3-4 overall record and a 0-1 mark in Conference Carolinas. The Bobcats are currently sixth in the league in scoring at 70.0 points per game, while being 10th in the league in scoring defense at 73.0 points per game. Lees-McRae is also the third-best rebounding team in the conference averaging 42.9 rebounds per game, while allowing opponents 51.6 boards per game. Crawford is the team's leading scorer and 11th individually in the conference averaging 13.0 points per game, while Brea Forbes adds 11.1 points per game and Markia Stacey scores 11.0 points per game. Crawford's 8.9 boards per game also lead the team and are fourth individually in the conference, while Forbes is second on the team pulling down 6.4 rebounds per game. The Bobcats as a team are fourth in the conference in assists per game at 13.3.
Last Time Out - Lees-McRae dropped its Conference Carolinas opener at Emmanuel (Ga.) on Saturday (Dec .1) by a score of 68-61. The Bobcats shot 36.4 percent (24-66) from the floor, 26.9 percent (7-26) from downtown and 85.7 percent (6-7) from the foul line in the loss. Destiny Johnson led all scorers with a career-high 18 points, while Crawford was the only other Bobcat to score in double figures with 10 points. Five other Bobcats contributed points in the contest. Lees-McRae pulled down 39 total rebounds in the game, including 13 on the offensive end and 26 on the defensive end. Crawford led the effort on the glass finishing one rebound shy of her third double-double of the season with nine.
About the Opponents - Limestone enters the week with a 2-4 overall record and a 1-0 mark in conference play after defeating Converse 91-66 back on Nov. 28. Limestone is ninth in the conference in both scoring and scoring defense, putting up 68.2 points per game while allowing 72.3 points per game. The Saints are seventh in the league in rebounding pulling down 40.2 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 40.8 boards against them for the sixth-best rebounding defense in the league. Schekina Bimpa leads the team and is 10th individually in the league in scoring dropping 13.7 points per game, while Taylour Hunter is the other Saint scoring in double figures averaging 11.8 points per game. Bimpa is also the team's leading rebounder and fifth individually in the conference, grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game. Limestone also leads the conference in assists per game with an average of 17.3.
UNC Greensboro enters the week at 3-3 after falling to High Point 82-75 on Saturday (Dec. 1). So far on the season, UNCG leads the Southern Conference (SoCon) in both scoring offense (68.3) and scoring defense (51.0). The Spartans also lead the league in rebounding offense pulling down 38.6 boards per game, while being fifth in rebounding defense allowing opponents 35.1 rebounds per game. The Spartans also boast the league's leading scorer in Nadine Soliman who averages 20.1 points per game, Te'ja Twitty is the other Spartan averaging double-figure scoring at 17.2 points per game. Twitty leads the league in rebounding grabbing 8.8 rebounds per game, while Soliman also pulls down 8.0 boards per game. UNCG also leads the SoCon in rebounding margin at +3.4.
Mount Olive enters the week at 4-2 and 1-0 in Conference Carolinas after defeating King (Tenn.) 69-67 back on Saturday (Dec. 1). The Trojans take on Coker on the road on Tuesay (Dec. 4) before hosting Lees-McRae on Saturday. UMO is seventh in the league in scoring at 69.5 points per game, while being fifth in scoring defense at 68.2 points per game. Mount Olive pulls down 30.7 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 39.8 boards against them, the fifth-best rebounding defense effort in the league. Felicity Havens leads both the team and Conference Carolinas dropping 27.2 points per game, while Jada Bacchus (12.7) and Makayla Nichols (11.3) are the other Trojans that average double-figure scoring. Bacchus and Havens are tied for the team lead and seventh in the conference in rebounding pulling down 8.2 rebounds per game. Mount Olive is also second in the league in shooting both from the floor (43.2 percent) and from beyond the arc (35.2 percent).
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be the 29th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Limestone, with Limestone leading the all-time series 25-3.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Lees-McRae and UNC Greensboro.
This will be the 28th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Mount Olive, with UMO leading the all-time series 23-4.