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Stacey Scores 1,000th Career Point Saturday Afternoon

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team got its record back to .500 overall and in Conference Carolinas with a 56-44 win over North Greenville on Saturday (Dec. 15). Senior Markia Stacey also joined teammate Brea Forbes in the 1,000 point club this afternoon.

Game Summary - The two teams traded buckets that left them tied at five over the first five minutes and change of the opening frame, before a back-and-forth sequence left them tied at 11 with two minutes to play. Markia Stacey and Natalie Averett would trade layups, before a Breana Hardnett old-fashioned three-point play at the horn would leave Lees-McRae up 16-13 after 10 minutes.

Hardett would open the scoring in the second quarter with a triple, forcing a North Greenville timeout. After back-to-back buckets by Ayano Shelton got North Greenville back within two, Savannah Hughes sunk two free throws to tie the game at 19 on the next possession. Stacey would drain a triple as her next bucket with 5:37 to play in the first half, officially surpassing the 1,000-point mark for her Lees-McRae career. She became the 11th player in program history to achieve the feat, and the second one this season after Forbes netted her 1,000th career point back on Nov. 19 against Catawba. Forbes scored a layup on the next possession to extend Lees-McRae's lead to five, before Meg Crawford counted the bucket and a foul shot to stretch the lead to eight with four and a half minutes to play in the half. The two teams would go into a cold spell until the two-minute mark, when Kyli Schmit made a layup to cut the Bobcat lead to six. The Bobcats would score four points in the final minute to take a 10-point lead to the half. Hardnett would make one of two free throws, before draining a three-pointer with one second left.

Lees-McRae would open the second half on a 13-6 run over the first six minutes of the quarter, leaving the Bobcats up 44-26. The Bobcats would extend their lead to as many as 23 in the remainder of the third quarter. The teams headed to the fourth with Lees-McRae ahead 49-30.

North Greenville would win the fourth quarter 24-17, but Lees-McRae's lead never slipped below double digits in the win.

Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae shot 34.3 percent (23-67) from the floor, 30.8 percent (8-30) from long range and 75.0 percent (12-16) from the charity stripe. Crawford led the scoring effort with a team-high 14 points, along with 13 from Hardnett. Stacey and Forbes also contributed 11 points each in the win. Lees-McRae pulled down 43 rebounds to North Greenville's 44, collecting 14 on the offensive end and 29 on the defensive end. Lakitia Basnight and Stacey shared the team-lead with seven boards each, while Stacey also assisted on seven baskets on the afternoon.

Up Next - The Bobcats (5-5, 2-2 Conference Carolinas) will host Lenoir-Rhyne in non-conference action on Tuesday (Dec. 18) at 2 p.m. Video and live stats will be available at

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Bobcats outlast North Greenville for second straight league win

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team knocked off conference rival North Greenville 81-78 Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium. The victory, which is LMC's second straight over a league foe, improves the team's record to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in Conference Carolinas play.

Neither team had any issues finding the bottom of the net in the first half of Saturday's contest. The Bobcats shot 51.4 percent for the half, while NGU wasn't too far behind coming in at 50 percent from the field. Despite the shooting percentages of both teams, Lees-McRae led by as many as 22 points at one point before the Crusaders came back to get the deficit down to eight points heading into the halftime break, 41-33.

North Greenville kept the pressure on the Bobcats when the two teams came back for the second half of play. NGU finally gained the lead on Lees-McRae with 9:16 to go in regulation, 60-58. LMC would turn to its free throw shooting to regain the lead. For the half, Lees-McRae went 14-for-18 from the line. Even with LMC's strong showing from the line, the Crusaders and Bobcats traded turns with the lead until the final seconds. The winning points came from sophomore point guard Quay Kimble as he connected on a three-pointer with 16 seconds to go. LMC was able to weather a last-second three-pointer by NGU to hold for the victory.

Individually, the Bobcats were led Saturday by Jerick Haynes who scored a team-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. Malik Wright (14 points) and Kimble (13 points) also finished the day in double figures as well. LMC's bench also received good outings from Anthony Hicks (14 points) and Kerry Richardson (10 points) to help the cause.

The Bobcats will break for the holidays over the next week or so before returning to action on December 30 when they travel to Anderson (S.C.) for a non-conference matchup. Tip-off for that contest is set for 4 p.m.

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Vassart Named Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Lees-McRae College senior forward Pol Vassart was named the fall 2018 Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year for men's soccer, the league announced today (Friday, Dec. 14).

The awards are voted on by the conference's Student Athlete Affairs Committee, and the student-athletes to receive these awards must have also been selected to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic team.

Vassart becomes the second Lees-McRae player to win the award in men's soccer program history, after Tom Deely won the award last year.

This is Vassart's first career Scholar Athlete of the Year award, which adds to the plethora of accolades he has earned this season and throughout his career. Academically, he is a two-time All-American after being named a third team Scholar All-American by United Soccer Coaches as well as a Google Cloud third team Academic All-American by CoSIDA. In addition, he was named to the Scholar All-South Region second team by United Soccer Coaches. Vassart led the conference in goals this season with 15 and points with 39, while being tied for second in the league in assists with nine. In conference play, Vassart totaled seven goals and five assists for 19 points, which was the highest total of any individual within Conference Carolinas. Vassart paced the conference in most offensive categories for most of the season. Vassart finished his career at LMC in fourth on the career goals list (38), fifth on the all-time list in match-winning goals (11) and tied for fifth in single-season match-winning goals (five). He was named the 2018 Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year, and also selected to the All-Conference Carolinas First Team. In total, he is a four-time all-conference selection, as well as being selected to the All-NCCSIA First Team each of the last two seasons and also being a two-time all-region selection. He is also a two-time selection to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team, a two-time selection to CoSIDA's Academic All-District Team and a three-time Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll selection. The Tournon sur-Rhone, France native is the son of Valerie and Yan Vassart, and is a business administration major with a 3.63 grade point average.

"I'm delighted for Pol, he has excelled throughout his career at Lees-McRae as a student-athlete, and will depart as one of the program all-time greats," said head coach Rich Wall. "He's the epitome of what our program strives to be at the individual level. I am extremely proud to have coached him the last four years, and witnessing his progression firsthand."

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Photo Courtesy: Markia Stacey, LMC Sports