Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
CENTRAL, S.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team defeated Southern Wesleyan University 79-75 on Monday (Jan. 21) for a huge Conference Carolinas road win.
Game Summary - Lees-McRae jumped out to a 12-2 lead four minutes into the game, holding their double-digit lead for three minutes before Southern Wesleyan would score again. After Tanajya Williams made a layup to cut the deficit to nine, Alexis Ammons countered with a bucket on the other end to get the lead back up to 11 with 2:24 to play in the quarter. The Bobcats would hold the 19-8 lead after 10 minutes.
The Bobcats would extend their double-digit lead to as many as 16 over the first half of the second quarter, before the Warriors would string together a few buckets to get back within eight with 4:54 to play in the half. 42 seconds later, a Lisana Burnett bucket cut the Bobcats lead to just six. The Bobcats would stretch their lead back up to 10 over the next minute, before Denisha Hall would drain a three-pointer with less than three minutes left to get the game back to within seven points. A jumper from Brea Forbes with 1:42 left in the quarter would be the final bucket of the half for the Bobcats, before Hall would drain another three-pointer with seven seconds left to cut the deficit to just 36-30 at the half.
The Warriors scored the first six points of the third quarter to tie the game at 36 and force a Lees-McRae timeout just 1:37 into the quarter. The teams would trade scores for the next few minutes, leaving the game tied at 48 with 5:24 to play in the frame. After trading scores to remain deadlocked at 54 with less than three minutes to play, the Bobcats would sink three consecutive three-pointers with one coming from Breanna Hardnett and the next two coming from Tiana Shuff. The last points of the quarter came on a triple from Burnett with 1:11 left to send the teams to the fourth with Lees-McRae up 63-57.
SWU would start the fourth quarter like they did the third, scoring the first six points over two and a half minutes to tie the game at 63. The two teams would trade scores from there into the final three minutes, where a pair of free throws by Emily Waters gave the Warriors a 70-69 lead. Meg Crawford and Waters would trade buckets as the two and a half minute mark passed, before a long ball from Forbes with 2:10 left put the Bobcats ahead 74-72. The Bobcats would carry that lead into the final minute, before icing the game at the free throw line despite SWU knocking down a late three-pointer.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae shot 42.4 percent (28-66) from the field in the game, 46.2 percent (12-26) from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent (11-16) from the charity stripe. Stacey led the Bobcats with 20 points on the day, logging her third 20-point effort of the season. Forbes scored in double-digits for the seventh straight game with 15 points, while Ammons added a season-high 13 points on the afternoon. Lees-McRae out-rebounded SWU 52-34 in the game, with 17 offensive rebounds and 35 defensive rebounds. Forbes and Destiny Johnson each pulled down a team-high seven boards in the game. Stacey also finished one assist shy of a double-double with a game-high nine to her credit.
Up Next - The Bobcats (9-10, 6-6 Conference Carolinas) hit the hardwood again on Saturday (Jan. 26) when they travel to North Greenville to wrap up the season series with the Crusaders in a 2 p.m. tip-off.