Joe Burgarino, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MISENHEIMER, NC- The Pfeiffer women's basketball team (8-14, 7-11 CC) never trailed in a dominating 78-68 victory over Lees-McRae (7-18, 6-12 CC) on Monday night. Meg Pritchard led all scorers, dropping 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting, pulling down six rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Pfeiffer had two other girls scoring in double figures. Safia Sheikh scored 14 points, going 4-for-9 from the floor and connecting on three 3-pointers. Shontai Totten scored 11 points off the bench, going 5-for-6 from the line and grabbing four boards.
The Falcons jumped all over Lees-McRae in the first quarter, outscoring the Bobcats 22-9. Pfeiffer shot 57.1% in the opening frame, while holding LMC to just 23.1%. Lauren Janka scored six of her 7 points in the first period, going 3-for-3 from the floor.
The Bobcats started the second quarter on a 17-4 run cutting the Falcons lead to 29-24. Totten halted the run scoring layup, plus getting fouled and completing the three point play. The Falcons took a 41-29 lead into the locker room. The 41 points scored by Pfeiffer was the most points scored in a half this season for the Falcons.
Pfeiffer opened up the third quarter on an 11-2 run, highlighted by six consecutive points by Pritchard, extending Pfeiffer's lead to 52-31. Pfeiffer outscored the Bobcats 23-16 in the frame. Pritchard ended the quarter knocking down a triple as time expired, she finished the period going 6-for-8 from the floor and dropping 15 points.
The Bobcats outscored the Falcons 23-14 in the final quarter of play. LMC cut the Pfeiffer lead to 72-63 with 4:32 left in the contest. However, the Falcons held off a late push picking up their second consecutive win, and sweeping the season series with the Bobcats.
Lees-McRae was paced by Brea Forbes, who scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Alexis Ammons went 5-for-9 from the floor scoring 17 points off the bench for the Bobcats.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Wednesday, as they host King. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.