BANNER ELK, N.C. – Pfeiffer University sophomore Jamila Harris scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Lady Falcons over the Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats 61-51 in Conference Carolinas women’s basketball action on Thursday night. Pfeiffer knocked down a dozen more free throws, with a dozen more attempts, winning their fifth-straight improving to 10-7 overall, 10-2 inside league play. Lees-McRae drops to 2-14, 2-10.
Lees-McRae led for the entire first half as Amber Coleman knocked down a three just 30 seconds into the contest. The Lady Bobcats held as much as a six-point lead on a couple of different occasions as Olivia Surratt’s field goal at the 10:04 mark cut the visitors deficit down to three. A quick six-point run by Lees-McRae pushed the hosts lead back to nine after a Coleman jumper with 8:31 remaining in the period.
Collette Montgomery drained a pair of free throws with 4:36 to play in the first giving the Lady Bobcats their largest lead of the night at 29-17. Pfeiffer then closed out the half on an 8-0 run thanks to a pair of jumpers and free throws by Harris, and a couple of more free strokes from the charity stripe thanks to Shelley Reese.
Down by four at the half, the Lady Falcons came out of the locker room on a 16-3 run to find themselves up nine, 41-32, just under four minutes into the second frame. Harris and Reese picked up where they left off draining the first two shots of the period with Reese’s coming from long distance.
Montgomery tried to bring the Lady Bobcats back with a basket at 11:23 getting the hosts to within five, 45-40, but Pfeiffer’s Domonique China sandwiched a field goal in between two more from Harris helping the Lady Falcons to the finish line with a double-digit advantage.
Behind Harris’ game-high 21, China finished with 16 points and a half-dozen rebounds while Charlotte Fuller finished with 10. For the Lady Bobcats, Montgomery led with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds followed by Coleman’s 11. Both teams shot under 40% from the field while Pfeiffer held the advantage in the free throw department by almost 20%.
Pfeiffer will look to win its sixth-straight on Saturday afternoon trying to remain perfect at home in Conference play with a 2:00 p.m. matchup with Queens inside the Merner Gym.