The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team placed five players in double figures en route to a season-high 103 points in a 103-43 win over Hiwassee College on Monday evening.
Lees-McRae (4-0) shot at a 50.6 percent clip from the floor on the night, including a
58.5 percent mark in the second half, while limiting Hiwassee (4-4) to a field goal percentage of 32.7 percent for the game. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 48-33 margin, including an 18-8 edge on the offensive boards, while converting 31 Tiger miscues into 47 points.
Junior Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with a game-high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting, dishing out six assists and recording a contest-best six steals. Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) added 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go along with a game-high eight assists, while Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, Va.) added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) and Candace Flowers (Charlotte, N.C.) added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Dominique Stringer, Britnie McDannald, and Miata Mathis each poured in 11 points to pace the Tigers, as Bethany Allen pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Diamond Lockett chipped in a team-high four assists, while McDannald added three helpers of her own.
Lees-McRae jumped out to an early 16-0 lead and never looked back, pushing the margin to 41-12 on a Parker jumper with 3:07 to play in the first half before taking a 45-20 advantage into the intermission. Patterson and Belcher poured in 13 and eight points, respectively, in the first half to pace the Bobcats, as Lees-McRae knocked down 17-of-40 attempts from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
The Bobcats carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with a 16-4 run to take a 61-27 lead on a Belcher layup with 12:57 to play. Lees-McRae would finish strong over the final seven minutes, closing out the game with a 31-4 surge to equal the final margin of 103-43.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Thursday when the Bobcats travel to Athens, W.Va. to take on Concord University in a 5:30 p.m. matchup.
LMC 103, HIWASSEE 43
1st 2nd Total
Lees-McRae.................... 45 58 - 103
Hiwassee...................... 20 23 - 43
LMC: PARKER 12 (6 REBOUNDS), WITTE 7, WHITAKER 18, FALTUS 4, PATTERSON 19 (6 ASSISTS AND 6 STEALS), COLEMAN 2, TATE 5, FLOWERS 11, WATERS 8, BELCHER 17 (10 REBOUNDS). FG: 41-81, 3FG: 7-17, FT: 14-19. 48 REBOUNDS, 9 TURNOVERS, 17 ASSISTS.
HIWASSEE: ALLEN 4 (13 REBOUNDS), STRINGER 11, LOCKETT 4, McDANNALD 11 (6 REBOUNDS), MATHIS 11, CROSS 2. FG: 16-49, 3FG: 6-15, FT: 5-14. 33 REBOUNDS, 31 TURNOVERS, 12 ASSISTS.
Brevard Rallies Past Lees-McRae, 71-66
The Brevard College men's basketball team rallied from a late deficit in the second half, and held off a last-minute surge by Lees-McRae College en route to a 71-66 victory on Monday evening in non-conference play.
Brevard (1-7) posted a field goal percentage of 41 percent on the evening, including a 44.8 percent clip in the first half, as Lees-McRae (0-5) recorded a 42.9 percent mark from the floor. The Bobcats won the battle on the glass by a 42-33 margin, including a 17-13 edge on the offensive boards, as Brevard converted 15 LMC miscues into 23 points.
Daniel Sepokas (Illawong, Australia) paced the Bobcats with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while going 6-for-8 from the charity stripe. Asad Lamot (Mebane, N.C.) added 13 points, three assists, and three steals, as Gideon Oji (Imane in Kogi, Nigeria) chipped in eight markers and a team-high seven rebounds.
Gaither Hendrix poured in a game-high 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting to lead the way for Brevard, as Darius Moose nearly recorded a double-double with 13 markers and a contest-best nine rebounds. Drew Schauss added 12 points, as Hendrix and Jermichael Tanner each dished out a game-high four assists.
Brevard got off to a hot start in the first half, taking an early 13-6 lead on a three-pointer by Gerel Simmons before the Bobcats responded with a 6-2 spurt, trimming the margin to 15-12 on an Oji layup at the 12:11 mark.
After Brevard pushed the lead to 28-17 with a 13-5 run, the Bobcats answered with a 13-2 surge, evening the tally at 30-30 following an Oji layup with 1:03 to go in the half. Brevard then countered with a 5-0 spurt to take a 35-30 lead into the intermission after a buzzer-beating layup by Tanner.
Lees-McRae answered in the early moments of the second half, opening the period with an 11-4 run to take a 41-39 lead on a pair of freebies by Jeremiah Henry (Semmes, Ala.) at the 15:10 mark. After Brevard answered with a 6-0 spurt to take a 45-41 lead, the Bobcats countered with a 12-3 surge, opening their largest lead of the game at 53-48 on a Will Lopez (Sydney, Australia) triple at the 8:00 mark.
Brevard countered once again, launching a 15-4 run over the next five and a half minutes to take a 63-57 lead on a three-point play by Moose with 2:33 to play. The Tornadoes would hold on from there, pushing the margin to 68-59 on a Schauss triple two minutes later before Sepokas closed out the game with a last-second three-pointer.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Thursday when the Bobcats travel to Greeneville, Tenn. to resume their previously suspended contest against Tusculum College. Play was suspended on Nov. 22 with Tusculum leading 44-30 at the 17:28 mark of the second half. The contest will resume at 7 p.m. in Pioneer Arena.
BREVARD 71, LMC 66
1st 2nd Total
Lees-McRae.................... 30 36 - 66
Brevard....................... 35 36 - 71
LMC: BATTLE 6, HENRY 6 (6 REBOUNDS), LAMOT 13, SEPOKAS 17, BROWN 8, LOPEZ 5, TILLMAN 3, OJI 8 (7 REBOUNDS). FG: 24-56, 3FG: 5-18, FT: 13-21. 42 REBOUNDS, 15 TURNOVERS, 12 ASSISTS.
BREVARD: VASILJEVIC 4, MOOSE 13 (9 REBOUNDS), TANNER 20, HENDRIX 6, SCHAUSS 12, GIST 2, SIMMONS 9, GUJANICIC 2, HAMILTON 3. FG: 25-61, 3FG: 8-16, FT: 13-15. 33 REBOUNDS, 12 TURNOVERS, 15 ASSISTS.
Photo Courtesy: Icey Patterson, LMC Athletics