LMC Sports Roundup.... (2018-11-11 14:52:45)

Swimming shows promise at Carson-Newman on Saturday

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Lees-McRae College swimming programs continued to show substantial progress Saturday as they took on Carson-Newman in a non-conference meet. Several new personal and season bests were set for the Bobcats on the day.

Every Bobcat that competed against the Eagles set either a season-best mark or personal-best in their given events. Junior Arsham Mirzaei took the lone event win for Lees-McRae on the day winning the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 47.87. In addition to that performance, Mirzaei also set a new personal-best mark in the 50 yard freestyle (21.67) and was a part of Lees-McRae's 200 yard medley relay team that also set a new season-best time Saturday.

Joining Mirzaei on the relay team was the trio of John David McCray, Javier Sanchez and Bailey Lupo. This trio also had put together their best efforts this season in their individual events. McCray in the 200 yard backstroke (1:56.45), Sanchez in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:13.80) and Lupo in the 100 yard freestyle (50.41). Additionally, Will Hardin also put forth his season-best mark in the 500 yard freestyle (5:45.86).

The women's team also had a solid day with plenty of improving marks. Jennifer Paul nearly won the 200 yard freestyle with a new career-best time of 2:00.93. Paul's time was just .78 seconds off the winning mark. Elli Seabrook (200 yard backstroke, 500 yard freestyle), Kayla Fleming (200 yard breaststroke, 50 yard freestyle) also showed improvement on the day in their events, while Kaci Thornton competed for the team for the first time Saturday.

Collectively, Lees-McRae ended up falling final score of 130-45 in the men's meet and 123.5 to 26.5 in the women's meet.

The Bobcats will be back in action next weekend when they compete in the three-day Fall Frenzy Invitational in Charlotte beginning next Friday.

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Men’s Basketball falls to Flagler Saturday in Bristol, 81-68

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Despite receiving an 18-point effort from freshman Andrew Gardner, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team fell in non-conference action to Flagler College Saturday afternoon in Bristol, Tennessee. The loss pushes LMC's record to 0-2 on the young season.

When looking at Saturday's box score, the Bobcats and Saints were pretty even across the board except in one particular category. Flagler attempted 39 free throws on the day compared to just 17 for the Bobcats. With those added attempts, the Saints ended up outscoring Lees-McRae 28-11 from the free throw line in the contest, which more than accounted for the 13-point gap between the two squads.

As mentioned earlier, Gardner led LMC on the scoreboard Saturday with 18 points. Gardner also snagged a team-high five rebounds on the day as well. Sophomore Quay Kimble was the only other Bobcat to score in double figures Saturday with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor to go along with a team-best three assists.

Lees-McRae will be back in action Wednesday night when it travels to Carson-Newman for a critical regional matchup. Tip-off for that game is set for 7 p.m.

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Women's Basketball Falls to No. 14 North Georgia on Saturday

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team dropped its non-conference contest against No. 14 North Georgia 78-47 on Saturday (Nov. 10).

First Quarter - Lees-McRae led 15-14 after a slow-starting first quarter, with the scoring beginning with a pair of free throws from Tamera Thorpe. Markia Stacey got the Bobcats on the board with a triple, before Amber Skidgel scored a layup to get the Nighthawks back on top 4-3. It would be past three minutes in the first quarter before another bucket would be scored, as Julianne Sutton scored a layup for UNG to double up LMC 6-3. Just past the four-minute mark, Taylor Fluette would score a bucket to get LMC back within one before following it up with a three-pointer to put the Bobcats ahead 8-6. The media timeout came and went before Thorpe would tie the game at eight with a layup with just over four minutes to play in the period. Thorpe was fouled on the play and tacked on the free throw, before LMC would go on a 6-0 run in a little over a minute to get their lead up to 15-9. Brea Forbes began the run with a layup, before getting to the free throw line on the following possession and knocking down two foul shots. She would get back to the line with less than three minutes to play in the frame, and split the pair to leave LMC up 13-9. With just over two minutes to play in the frame, Alexis Ammons would knock down a jumper to stretch LMC's lead to a quarter-best six. Sutton would earn a trip to the line for UNG and split two free throws, getting the Nighthawks within five. A jumper by Sutton on North Georgia's following possession would get the game within three, before a layup from her with 37 seconds left would get the first quarter to its final score.

Second Quarter - The No. 14 Nighthawks took control in the second quarter, winning the frame 24-8 and taking a 38-23 lead to the locker room. Breanna Hardnett began the scoring in the frame with a jumper, before Sutton scored a layup to get the game back within one. The bucket sparked a 13-3 run for the Nighthawks that spanned five minutes and change. Fluette broke up the run with a triple with just over four minutes remaining in the quarter to get the game back to seven points, before a Jordan Soares layup got the Bobcats back within five. The Nighthawks would go on an 11-1 run to close the first half and get their lead back up to 15 points.

Third Quarter - LMC would hang with the No. 14 Nighthawks in scoring in the quarter (UNG 16-15), but North Georgia would extend its lead in the frame. The Nighthawks led by as many as 22 and their smallest lead was 16.

Fourth Quarter - The No. 14 Nighthawks would extend their lead further in the fourth quarter and get the win, while holding LMC to just nine points in the quarter.

Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae shot just 23.8 percent (15-63) from the floor, 22.2 percent (6-27) from downtown and 57.9 percent (11-19) from the charity stripe. Fluette's eight points were a team-high, while Stacey finished with seven. Three other Bobcats each scored five points in the contest, while two others scored four each. Another trio added three points apiece. LMC pulled down 35 rebounds in the game, led by five each from Destiny Johnson and Meg Crawford. Fluette's three assists were also a game-high, while three other Bobcats each had two helpers.

Up Next - The Bobcats (1-1) return home to Williams Gymnasium on Thursday (Nov. 15) for their home opener against Catawba, which is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

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