The Lee women's basketball team opened up the 2017-18 season with an exhibition contest at NCAA D1 North Carolina State on Thursday evening, falling to the Wolfpack, 57-42.
The Lady Flames showcased a solid defensive effort throughout the contest as they limited NC State to just 29.3 percent shooting from the field and 17.6 percent from the 3-point line.
The Wolfpack were equally tough defensively as it held the Lady Flames to just 12 first half points and forced 25 turnovers.
Lee would get things going in the second half outscoring the Wolfpack, 30-28.
Sophomore Abby Bertram led the Lady Flames with 10 points while senior Carrie Cheeks tossed in eight points and eight boards. Senior Erin Walsh tallied eight second half points and hit a pair of deep three balls.
As a team the Lady Flames hit 34.7 percent from the field and were 6 of 18 (33 percent) from behind the arc.
"In the first half we sped ourselves up and that along with dribbling too much without a purpose caused many of our turnovers. In the second half I think we executed better and made some shots and our depth really helped us there," said head coach Marty Rowe. "We turned the ball over six times in the first few moments of the second half but then I thought we settled down and did a better job of taking care of the basketball. Overall I thought we competed hard tonight, that's an expectation for our team not a pat on the back type of thing, but I thought we did a nice job of fighting and we've got a chance now to clean some things up before we get back on the court Saturday."
Akela Maize paced the home team with 13 points while Chelsea Nelson added 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. NC State, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, is currently receiving votes in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Lady Flames will get right back on the floor on Saturday as they host their annual Homecoming game against Bryan College at noon. Lee officially opens up the season at home on Friday, Nov. 10 against Saint Leo University from the Sunshine State Conference. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.
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