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Collins Buzzer Beater Lifts Bobcats Over Royals PDF Print
Written by Whitney Noble   
Sunday, 13 January 2013 10:02

Freshman Taylor Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) connected on a last-second jumper to beat the buzzer, and propel the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team to a hard-fought 60-58 victory over Queens University of Charlotte in Conference

Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon in Williams Gymnasium. With the win, Lees-McRae (5-5, 3-4 CC) extends its win streak to four games overall and three in conference play, as the Bobcats held Queens (6-5, 4-3 CC) to a field goal percentage of 29.2 percent on the afternoon. Queens won the battle on the glass by a 48-37 margin, including a 20-5 advantage on the offensive boards, as Lees-McRae set a program record by converting each of its 25 attempts at the free throw line in the contest.
Layana de Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) led the Bobcats with 14 points, as Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.) added 12 points with a 5-for-7 night from the floor. Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) and Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) each chipped in 11 markers, while Truesdale recorded game-highs of eight assists and three blocks. Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) added a strong game with six points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Bobcats.
Shonice Pettaway paced the Royals with a double-double, posting game-highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds, as Dyonna Battle nearly added a double-double of her own with 14 markers and nine boards. Sarah Myatt also chipped in seven rebounds.
The Bobcats started strong, taking an early 5-0 lead on a Lewis triple at the 19:24 mark after de Souza fed Munson for an open layup off the opening tip. Queens would battle back, evening the score at 5-5 before Lees-McRae answered with a 7-2 spurt, claiming a 12-7 advantage following a Lewis jumper at the 14:04 mark.
After the Royals countered with a 7-0 run to snatch a 14-12 lead, Lees-McRae responded with a 12-7 spurt to claim a 22-21 advantage on a Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) with 3:09 to play in the half. Queens would answer with a Jamilah Watson layup to take a 23-22 lead before Lewis drew the foul and converted the ensuing free throws, sending the Bobcats into the intermission with a narrow 24-23 advantage.
The Bobcats carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with an 8-3 run to push the lead to 32-26 on a pair of de Souza freebies with 13:37 left on the clock. Queens would counter with a 9-2 spurt, claiming a narrow 35-34 advantage following a Melissa Thomas lay-in at the 11:57 mark.
Lees-McRae answered once again, taking a 42-37 lead when Truesdale dropped in a layup with 7:59 remaining to cap an 8-2 run. The Bobcats would hold on to the advantage with strong play over the next several minutes, stretching the lead to 56-45 following a Munson layup and a pair of Truesdale freebies with just over two minutes to play.
Queens refused to give in, battling back with stifling defense over the next two minutes to cut the margin to 58-54 on a pair of Battle free throws with 27 ticks left on the clock. Pettaway would trim the lead to 58-56 with two freebies before knotting the score with just four seconds remaining, forcing a turnover and putting back her own miss to even the tally at 58-58. The Bobcats executed the ensuing in-bound play to perfection, creating a screen to free Truesdale on the break with just one defender in the backcourt. Truesdale then found a perfectly positioned Collins inside the paint, who got the shot off just before the buzzer, and then watched as the ball did a circuit around the rim before falling through to give the Bobcats a thrilling 60-58 victory over the Royals.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats host North Greenville University in conference play at 5:30 p.m. The Bobcats will hold a special ceremony during halftime to dedicate the new floor of Williams Gymnasium to McNair and Debi Tornow on Avery County Chamber of Commerce night.




Score By Periods  1st  2nd  Total
Queens (N.C.)      23   35 - 58
Lees-McRae         24   36 - 60


         Queens (N.C.)             Lees-McRae
Pts: Shonice Pettaway - 20  Pts: Layana De souza - 14 
Reb: Shonice Pettaway - 11  Reb: TEAM - 9 
Ast: 4 Players (Squire, Hardy, Pettaway, Battle - 2)  Ast: Kabrina Truesdale - 8 

Team Statistics       Queens (N.C.)   Lees-McRae
Field Goal %          29.2% (19-65 ) 34.0% (17-50 )
Rebounds                   48             37
Assists                    11             13
Turnovers                  21             22
Pts off Turnovers          21             17
2nd Chance Pts             20              4
Pts in the Paint           16             22
Fastbreak Pts               2              4
Bench Pts                  15              6


Queens Rallies Past Bobcats


Antonio Stabler posted a double-double with game-highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball team to a 69-53 come-from-behind victory over Lees-McRae College on Saturday evening in Williams Gymnasium.
Queens (6-6, 3-3 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 42 percent in the contest, including a 47.8 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (0-12, 0-6 CC) to a mark of 34.6 percent on the night. The Royals won the battle on the glass by a 37-34 margin, including a 27-23 edge on the defensive boards, while outscoring the Bobcats 30-26 in the paint.
Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) paced the Bobcats with 18 points, while Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) and Charles Clarke (Orlando, Fla.) added nine and seven markers, respectively. DeAndre Tillman (Charlotte, N.C.) chipped in a team-high seven rebounds as Corey Young (Bluff City, Tenn.) dished out a squad best three assists.
Stabler led all scorers with 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting, converting 10-of-13 attempts at the free throw line while pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds. Brandon Nichols added 12 points and five assists, as Tre McLean chipped in nine markers and six boards.
The Bobcats answered an early 5-2 spurt by the Royals with a 20-7 run of their own, taking a 22-12 lead on a Sepokas triple with 8:50 left in the half. Queens countered with a 19-2 surge, claiming a 31-24 advantage following a Stabler lay-in at the 2:28 mark. The Royals would carry the momentum into the intermission, closing out the half with a buzzer-beating layup by Griffin Shaw to take a 34-26 lead into the break.
Lees-McRae battled back in the early moments of the second half, cutting the lead to 39-34 on a Sepokas three-pointer to cap an 8-5 spurt with 15:51 to play. After Queens countered with a Nichols jumper, Lamot answered with a clutch layup to cut the lead to 43-40 with 10:51 left on the clock on the heels of a 6-2 spurt.
Queens would respond with a 14-3 surge, pushing the lead to 57-43 on a pair of Stabler freebies with 4:48 to play. The Royals closed out the win from there, edging the Bobcats by a 12-10 margin over the final four and a half minutes to cap the 69-53 victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats host North Greenville University in conference play at 7:30 p.m. The Bobcats will hold a special ceremony during halftime of the women's game against North Greenville to dedicate the new floor of Williams Gymnasium to McNair and Debi Tornow on Avery County Chamber of Commerce night.




Score By Periods  1st  2nd  Total
Queens (N.C.) (    34   35 - 69
Lees-McRae         26   27 - 53


      Queens (N.C.)               Lees-McRae
Pts: STABLER, Antonio - 27  Pts: Daniel Sepokas - 18 
Reb: STABLER, Antonio - 13  Reb: DeAndre Tillman - 7 
Ast: NICHOLS, Brandon - 5  Ast: Corey Young - 3 


Team Statistics            Queens (N.C.)  Lees-McRae
Field Goal %              42.0% (21-50 ) 34.6% (18-52 )
Rebounds                        37            34
Assists                         15             7
Turnovers                       10            13
Pts off Turnovers               16            12
2nd Chance Pts                  11            13
Pts in the Paint                30            26
Fastbreak Pts                    4             0
Bench Pts                       12            13


Photo Courtesy: Taylor Collins, LMC Athletics


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