Barton rallies past Lees-McRae, 65-46

Box score

WILSON, N.C. --- The Barton College women's basketball team rallied from an early second half run by Lees-McRae College on Saturday night, outscoring the Bobcats by a 19-11 margin over the final 10 minutes en route to a 65-46 win in Conference Carolinas play.

Barton (6-1, 3-0 CC) connected on 40 percent of its field goal attempts on the night, while holding Lees-McRae (0-7, 0-2 CC) to a 36 percent clip from the flooring and out-rebounding the Bobcats by a 45-32 margin. The Bulldogs also forced 24 Bobcat turnovers, converting those miscues into 21 points.

Kesley Sill (Raleigh, N.C.) poured in a game-high 13 points to pace the Bulldogs, and was joined in double figures by Janae Jackson (Fort Belvoir, Va.) and Jolanda Mitchell (Raleigh, N.C.), who each posted 10 markers. Mitchell also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, while Shante Neal (Spring Hope, N.C.) recorded a contest-best two steals.

Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with nine points and a game-high five assists, as Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) and Zukye Smith (Chesterfield, Va.) chipped in eight points each. Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) posted a game-high eight rebounds, while Janina Thurau (Berlin, Germany) recorded seven points.

Barton jumped out to an early 10-5 lead in the first half before Lees-McRae went on a 4-0 spurt to cut the margin to 10-9 on a Smith jumper with 10:31 left in the period. After the teams traded baskets, Barton went on a 9-0 run to push the lead to 21-11 on a Sill jumper at the 6:58 mark. The Bobcats would cut the margin to 23-17 with a 6-2 spurt before Barton closed out the half with an 8-6 spurt to take a 31-23 lead into the intermission.

The Bobcats battled back in the early moments of the second half, opening the period with a 10-2 run to tie the score at 33-33 on a Parker layup with 16:04 to play. Barton answered with a tremendous run of its own, reclaiming the lead with a 13-2 spurt to open a 46-35 margin on a Mitchell layup at the 9:51 mark. The Bulldogs would stretch the lead to as much as 20 points over the final 10 minutes of the game, maintaining a double-digit advantage for last seven minutes of the contest en route to victory.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Thursday, Dec. 30 when the Bobcats host Livingstone College in Williams Gymnasium at 3 p.m.

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