Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) dished out a game-high eight assists and added 14 points and four steals to lead the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team to a 96-61 win over Milligan College on Wednesday night in Williams Gymnasium.
Lees-McRae (3-0) recorded its third straight win to open the season, shooting at a 48.6 percent clip from the floor, while holding Milligan (1-4) to a field goal percentage of 37.9 percent. The Bobcats knocked down 8-of-13 from behind the arc while winning the battle on the glass by a 50-34 margin,
including a 21-12 advantage on the offensive boards. Lees-McRae also converted 24 Buffalo turnovers into 23 points.
Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) continued her strong play to open the season, pouring in a game- and career-high 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting while knocking down 5-of-6 attempts from downtown. Patterson chipped in 14 markers, while Megan Tate (High Point, N.C.) and Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) each tallied 11 points. Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) added eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds, as Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) chipped in a contest-best five blocks.
Alisha Mainer paced Milligan with 14 points and six rebounds, as Johneshia Good added 13 markers and six boards. Dorian Freeman added nine points and six boards, as Good posted a team-high three assists.
Milligan got off to a quick start, scoring the game's first five points before Lees-McRae answered with a 22-7 run to take a 22-10 lead on a driving layup by Tate on the fast break at the 11:12 mark. The Bobcats would continue to dictate the tempo, pushing the lead to 35-18 on a Patterson jumper at the 5:34 mark.
After Milligan trimmed the margin to 42-33 with a 15-7 run, the Bobcats closed out the half with a 6-0 spurt to take a 48-33 lead into the intermission following a last-second layup by Parker off an assist from Tate.
The Bobcats would carry the momentum into the second half, pushing the margin to 62-40 on a Tate layup at the 14:46 mark. Milligan answered with a 14-7 run, cutting the lead to 69-54 on a pair of freebies by Ashlee Price before the Bobcats countered with a 20-5 surge, pushing the margin to 89-59 on a Haynes layup at the 3:30 mark. The Bobcats then closed out the win with a 7-2 spurt over the final three and a half minutes, capping the scoring on a triple from Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.).
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Monday, November 28 when the Bobcats travel to Madisonville, Tenn. to take on Hiwassee College at 5 p.m. The Bobcats beat the Tigers by a 95-31 margin on Nov. 14.
LMC 96, MILLIGAN 61
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MILLIGAN 33 28 - 61
LMC 48 48 - 96
MILLIGAN: PRICE 6, MAINER 14 (6 REBOUNDS), GOOD 13 (6 REBOUNDS), KELLY 9, WEDDLE 1, CASTEEL 5, FREEMAN 9, JEFFERSON 2, HUDLER 2. FG: 22-58, 3FG: 6-16, FT: 11-17. 34 REBOUNDS, 24 TURNOVERS, 13 ASSISTS.
LMC: PARKER 8 (15 REBOUNDS), WITTE 7, WHITAKER 25, PATTERSON 14 (8 ASSISTS, 4 STEALS), COLEMAN 1, CAKAREVIC 2, TATE 11, WATERS 8, BELCHER 2. FG: 36-74, 3FG: 8-13, FT: 16-22. 50 REBOUNDS, 13 TURNOVERS, 24 ASSISTS.
Running Bulldogs Scamper PBast Bobcats, 91-61
BJ Battle (Orlando, Fla.) poured in a game-high 19 points to pace the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team on Wednesday night, as the Bobcats fell to NCAA Division I Gardner-Webb University by a 91-61 margin.
Gardner-Webb (2-1) shot 52.9 percent from the floor on the night, including a 61.1 percent clip in the second half, while limiting Lees-McRae (0-3) to a 43.1 percent mark from the field. The Running Bulldogs won the battle on the glass by a 39-28 margin, including a 15-9 edge on the offensive boards, while converting 21 Bobcat turnovers into 34 points.
Battle paced the Bobcats with a season-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, as Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) continued his strong play to open the campaign with 16 points. Freshman Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) added 11 points and six assists, as Henry, Battle, and Lamot tied for the team-high with four rebounds each.
Max Landis, Jason Dawson, and Tyler Strange each posted 12 points for Gardner-Webb, combining for 17 assists, as Kevin Hartley chipped in 11 markers. Laron Buggs and Strange each posted a game-high three steals, as Santoine Butler posted a contest-best seven rebounds.
Gardner-Webb led wire-to-wire, opening an early 14-2 lead on a Landis triple before the Bobcats responded with a 10-4 run to trim the margin to 18-12 following a three-pointer by Lamot at the 12:21 mark. The Running Bulldogs countered with a 21-7 surge to close out the half, heading into the intermission with a 38-19 lead following a pair of freebies by Corey Hensley.
The Running Bulldogs carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with a 17-6 run to push the lead to 55-25 on a Strange triple at the 15:29 mark. Gardner-Webb would hold on from there, stretching the margin to as much as 42 points (86-44) on a Dawson triple at the 5:46 mark. The Bobcats finished the night strong, closing out the game with a 17-5 spurt over the final five and a half minutes.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats host No. 5 Lincoln Memorial University at 4 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
GARDNER WEBB 91, LMC 61
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LMC 19 42 - 61
GARDNER-WEBB 38 53 - 91
LMC: HENRY 16, YOUNG 3, LAMOT 11, BATTLE 19, BROWN 3, EPPLEY 3, OJI 6. FG: 22-51, 3FG: 7-20, FT: 10-17. 28 REBOUNDS, 21 TURNOVERS, 13 ASSISTS.
GWU: BYRON 8 (6 REBOUNDS), LANDIS 12, DAWSON 12, BUGGS 9, HARPER 10, ROYSTER 2, STRANGE 12, HARTLEY 11, MITCHELL 5, BUTLER 4, HENSLEY 6. FG: 36-68, 3FG: 11-24, FT: 8-12. 39 REBOUNDS, 11 TURNOVERS, 27 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Icy Patterson, LMC Athletics