Lees-McRae women fall to Pfeiffer
by Staff Reports
MISENHEIMER -- Lees-McRae's Lauren Lewis dropped 22 points while Kerri Belcher registered her sixth double-double of the season.
It wasn't enough. Lees-McRae was unable to hold off a determined Pfeiffer squad in a 74-62 loss Saturday night at Merner Gymnasium.
Lewis led all scorers while Belcher impressed with a 10-point, 11-rebound performance. Lees-McRae forced 27 turnovers, the second-most this season, but had troubles itself by committing 24.
Pfeiffer held a clear advantage from the charity stripe by knocking down 22 more shots (26-4). Pfeiffer also controlled the glass 44-35. Lauren White paced the team with 14 points while Carter Williams had 12 and Alexis Stallard had 11.
The Falcons (3-16, 2-9 Conference Carolinas) saw four players score at least 10 points while holding a distinct advantage at the free-throw line. The Bobcats (9-10, 6-4 CC) saw their road struggles continue (1-8) despite Icey Patterson scoring in double figures for the second time on the season.
Lewis gave Lee-McRae a 7-6, with a jumper at the 15:56 before Pfeiffer went on a 14-5 run. The Falcons' Ariana Tillman connected on a three to push the Falcon lead to 21-11.
Lewis would continue to have the hot hand and score the next 10 Bobcats' points.
Lees-McRae answered with baskets from Alyssa Munson and Tayler Collins followed by a pair of Niroska Perez free-throws would cap off a 16-5 run. Lewis connected on a three to give the Bobcats their biggest lead of the game 30-26.
Williams hit a jumper with three ticks on the clock to notch the game at 30, heading into the half.
Neither squad could create much breathing room in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Belcher went on a personal 4-0 run to tie it a 49 with 10:49 remaining. The Falcons offense woke up and went on a 20-9 run over the next eight minutes and pushed the lead to 11 following a Williams three.
Pfeiffer would hold off and use efficient free-throw shooting to claim the win.
The Bobcats will have to rebound quickly when they put their 7-0 home record on the line against conference-leading Limestone at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Williams Gymnasium. This is a rescheduled game from Wed. Jan. 29.