Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team looks to get back in the win column this week with two Conference Carolinas games, hosting King University (Tenn.) on Wednesday (Jan. 16) for a 5:30 p.m. start and traveling to the University of Mount Olive on Saturday (Jan. 19) for a 2 p.m. tip-off. Video and live stats for both games will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
Jan. 16 against King (Tenn.) will be a Gold Out game, with gold t-shirts being raffled off.
About the Bobcats - The Bobcats enter the week at 7-9 overall and 4-5 in Conference Carolinas. The Bobcats are fourth in the league in scoring and currently one of just four teams averaging at least 70 points per game (70.7), while also being 10th in scoring defense allowing 72.7 points per game. Brea Forbes leads the team in scoring and is sixth overall in conference at 15.2 points per game, while Meg Crawford is second on the team and 13th individually in the league averaging 13.1 points per game. Markia Stacey is the other Bobcat to average double-figure scoring at 11.4 points per game. Lees-McRae is also sixth in the conference in rebounding pulling down 39.0 boards per game, while opponents grab 48.7 rebounds against them. Crawford's 7.1 rebounds per game lead the team and are 11th individually in the conference. Lee-McRae is also ninth in the league from the field at 38.0 percent and seventh from long range at 31.3 percent. Stacey's 6.1 assists per game continue to lead the conference.
Last Time Out - Lees-McRae fell at home last Saturday (Jan. 12) to Emmanuel (Ga.) by a score of 65-62.
About the Opponents - King (Tenn.) enters the week at 8-6 overall and 4-3 in league play. The Tornado averages 68.5 points per game (seventh), and also allows 66.6 points per game (fifth). Kori West is the team's scoring leader and also fifth individually in the conference at 15.3 points per game, while Kristen Cupples's 12.9 points per game are second on the team and currently 14th individually in the league. Ali Golden is third on the team adding 11.6 points per game, while Trinity Lee also averages 11.3 points per game. King (Tenn.) is fifth in the league in rebounding averaging 39.9 rebounds per game, while allowing opponents 43.6 rebounds per game (10th). West also leads the team and the conference in rebounding with an average of 11.7 boards per game. King (Tenn.) is sixth in the league in shooting and one of six teams to be shooting at least 40 percent from the field at 40.1 percent, and they are also sixth in the league from beyond the arc at 31.4 percent.
Mount Olive enters the week at 10-4 overall and 6-2 in Conference Carolinas, hosting Barton on Wednesday (Jan. 16) before welcoming the Bobcats this weekend. The Trojans defeated the Bobcats 77-72 back on Jan. 10 in Banner Elk in the first matchup this season. Mount Olive is sixth in the league in scoring averaging 69.2 points per game, while also having the third-best scoring defense in the league at 66.0 points per game. Felicity Havens enters the week leading the team and second in the conference in scoring at 23.7 points per game. Jada Bacchus is second on the team and 10th in the league individually at 13.1 points per game, while Makayla Nichols is also averaging double figures at 10.2 points per game. The Trojans pull down 34.4 rebounds per game, while boasting the top rebounding defense in the league only allowing opponents 34.9 boards per game. Bacchus leads the team and is fourth in the conference in rebounding averaging 9.4 boards per game. Havens is currently second on the team and eighth in the conference pulling down 7.9 rebounds per game. The Trojans are fourth in the conference from the field and one of six teams to shoot at least 40 percent on the season from the field at 41.3 percent, while also being eighth in the league from downtown shooting 30.6 percent.
Series History vs. Opponents - Since 2005, this will be the 17th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and King (Tenn.). King leads the series over that time period 14-2.
Since 2005, this will be the 29th meeting between Lees-McRae and Mount Olive, with Mount Olive leading the series 24-4.