MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Behind a game-high 18 points from senior Brittany Cox (Winston-Salem, NC) and another double-double by Christina Harvey (Locust Grove, VA), Pfeiffer University remained unbeaten on the year with a 72-60 victory over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas women’s basketball action on Tuesday night. The Lady Falcons move to 4-0 overall, 2-0 in league play while sending the Bobcats to 0-2, 0-2.
Lees-McRae would have the lead for the majority of the first half getting up by five on a pair of occasions after Kerri Belcher (Roanoke, VA) free throws. A Lauren Lewis (Concord, NC) three-pointer at the 6:35 mark gave the Bobcats their largest lead of the half at eight, 24-16, before a 10-2 run capped off by five-straight Bridget Rothert (Germantown, MD) points saw Pfeiffer erase the deficit with 2:52 remaining tied 26-26. A late free throw by Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL) gave Lees-McRae a 27-26 halftime lead.
Pfeiffer came flying out of the gates in the second half turning the one point deficit into an eight-point advantage just 4:55 in as Cox would score eight of those points putting the Lady Falcons up 41-33. A quick 5-0 run by the Bobcats thanks to Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, NC) helped bring the visitors back to within three with 11:52 to play before a Kellie Rhoney (Catawba, NC) and Cox three, with a Carter Williams (Harrisonburg, VA) layup in between sent Pfeiffer out to a 51-40 lead midway through the period.
The Lady Falcons would cruise the rest of the way getting out to a 19-point lead, their highest of the night, on a Kaela Bellefeuil (Kernersville, NC) three with 7:13 remaining as Pfeiffer would outscore Lees-McRae 46-33 in the second half. Pfeiffer shot 41% from the field out-rebounding the Bobcats 46-39 in the win.
Behind Cox’s 18 and Harvey’s double-double with 15 points and 14 boards, Brittney Washington (Simpsonville, SC) would post double-digits scoring 13 on the night. Munson, Belcher and Lewis would each finish the night scoring 11 for the Bobcats.
Pfeiffer will now take time off for the Thanksgiving holiday before traveling to Limestone for a key, early season matchup with the Saints. Tip time for the Lady Falcons first conference road game of the season will begin at 5:30 p.m.