Trojans Win Barn Burner In Banner Elk 77-72

Trojans Win Barn Burner In Banner Elk 77-72

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The University of Mount Olive women's basketball team came back from a fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Bobcats of Lees-McRae College 77-72 in Conference Carolinas action Thursday evening in Banner Elk, N.C. Jada Bacchus finished two-points shy of her career-high with 26 points on the night, while Felecity HavensAzariah Fields, and Makayla Nichols all added double-figures in the game.

Score: Mount Olive 77, Lees-McRae 72
Records: Mount Olive (10-3, 6-1), Lees-McRae (7-8, 4-4)
Location: Williams Gymnasium| Banner Elk, N.C.

How It Happened


  • Mount Olive took the first two points of the contest and ran with it going on a 17-4 run during the first five minutes of play.
  •  The Bobcats responded with a six-point run to draw within seven with 2:11 left in the quarter.
  • Both teams exchanged a bucket and UMO went into the second with a 19-12 lead.


  • Lees-McRae tied the game in the opening minutes of the second as the Bobcats started the quarter with seven unanswered points.
  • The majority of the second quarter saw several lead changes but the Bobcats took a 36-34 lead into the half.


  • Just as they did in the second, LMC scored the first seven points of the third and extended their lead to 43-34 with 8:11 remaining.
  • UMO tried to battle back but could not get the lead under eight as the third quarter came to an end with the Bobcats leading 56-48.


  • Nearly midway through the final quarter of play, Mount Olive had a short five-point spread that helped decrease the deficit to 61-58 with six minutes remaining.
  • Following a jumper with 3:32 left Makayla Nichols hit a three-pointer to draw the Trojans within two 65-63.
  • Lees-McRae answered with a bucket but was quicked responded back by a six-point run by the Trojans and UMO took the lead 69-67 with 1:21 remaining.
  • In the final minute of play, Jada Bacchus came up clutch with an and-one play and two more made free throws to give the Trojans a 74-70 lead with 11 seconds left in the game.
  • The Bobcats got it back to within two points, but Mount Olive was able to hold onto their lead making 3-of-4 free throws to close out the game and secure the win.


  • Jada Bacchus led the Trojans with 26 points and added 15 rebounds to give herself a double-double on the night.
  • Azariah Fields and Felecity Havens both had double-figure nights scoring 16 and 15 points respectively in the game.


Mount Olive continues their road trip against Conference Carolinas foe King University. The Trojans take on the Tornado in Bristol, Tenn., Saturday, January 12, at 2 PM, before returning to Mount Olive, N.C. next Wednesday.