Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team played its final regular season home game in front of a packed house at Williams Gymnasium, defeating visiting Erskine 94-85.
Game Summary - Lees-McRae jumped out to a 12-7 lead through the first five minutes, before extending its lead to 18-7 with 3:25 to play in the frame. Erskine would get back within 10 with just over two minutes to play, before getting back within eight with 13 seconds left to send the game to the second quarter with Lees-McRae up 23-15.
The second quarter saw Lees-McRae edge Erskine 21-19, with Lees-McRae extending its lead to 11 in the first 1:03 of the frame. After a 6-0 Erskine run cut the lead back to just five, Lees-McRae would get its lead back up to six at the halfway point of the quarter. Consecutive three-pointers by Brea Forbes and Mackenzie Blankenship would stretch the lead back to 12, before two Blankenship free throws extended the lead further in the final three minutes of the first half. Seven consecutive points from Erskine would cut their deficit back to seven in the final two minutes, before Lees-McRae out-scored the Flying Fleet 5-2 in the final minute in a half to take a 44-34 lead to the half.
Erskine would win the third quarter 23-20 to head to the final quarter down by seven. Erskine would open the quarter on a run and cut the lead to just three, forcing a Lees-McRae timeout less than three minutes into the second half. The lead would fluctuate for about a minute before Forbes would knock down another clutch triple to extend the lead back to eight. Out of a Lees-McRae timeout, Markia Stacey drilled a three-pointer to get the lead back to 11 with less than five minutes to play in the quarter. The lead would dip below double digits briefly, before yet another three-pointer from Forbes put the lead back at 10. Erskine would get the better of the scoring in the final two minutes as the game headed to the fourth quarter with Lees-McRae up 64-57.
Lees-McRae would win the fourth quarter 30-28 to take the victory in its final regular season home game. Lees-McRae held a double-digit lead for three minutes across the halfway point of the quarter, extending the lead to as many as 18 in the quarter. Erskine's final bucket of the game got the deficit down to nine before Lees-McRae would run out the clock for the win.
Stats Rundown - The Bobcats shot 47.8 percent (32-67) from the floor, hit a season-high 18 three-pointers for a 51.4 percent mark on the night and also shot 92.3 percent (12-13) from the foul line in the victory. Forbes and Blankenship led the scoring effort with a team-high 18 each, while Stacey added 15 and Shuff also notched a new career-high with 12. Lees-McRae pulled down 33 total rebounds for the game, with six on the offensive end and 27 on the defensive end. Forbes completed the double-double effort with 10 rebounds on the night to lead the Bobcats on the glass. Stacey also dished out a game-high eight assists, tying her single-season record of 153 that she set a season ago. Forbes also blocked three shots in the win.
Up Next - Lees-McRae (13-13, 9-9 Conference Carolinas) hits the road on Saturday (Feb. 23) to battle Belmont Abbey in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.