BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Barton College women's basketball team utilized a strong defensive effort, and controlled nearly every facet of the game en route to a 76-52 win over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon.
The contest was highlighted by a shoot-out between Lees-McRae President Barry Buxton, and Athletic Director Craig McPhail as part of the American Cancer Society's Suits and Sneakers festivities, which Buxton won by a 12-7 margin.
Barton (15-2, 11-0 CC) won the battle on the glass by a 50-35 margin, including a 17-8 advantage on the offensive boards, while converting 27 Bobcat (3-11, 3-6 CC) miscues into 33 points. The Bulldogs also shot 41.1 percent from the floor, including a 48.5 percent clip in the second half, while limiting the Bobcats to a 31 percent effort on the afternoon.
Nyeshea Willie (Virginia Beach, Va.), Janae Jackson (Fort Belvoir, Va.), and Janetta Robinson (Willard, N.C.) all scored in double-figures to pace the Bulldogs, combining for 44 of the 76 Barton points. Willie poured in a game-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shotting, knocking down a pair of three-pointers while recording a contest-best four steals. Jackson tallied a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 boards, while Robinson chipped in 12 markers.
Icey Patterson (Seneca, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with 13 points while recording three assists. Megan Tate (High Point, N.C.) chipped in nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, while Chloe Parker (Chicago, Ill.) and Melissa Jensen (Aarhus, Denmark) added eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
Following a ten point run to open the contest, the Lady Bulldogs continued to put pressure on the Bobcats, limiting Lees-McRae to 21 points in the first half on 7-of-26 shooting (26.9 percent). Lees-McRae closed the first period on a strong note, cutting a 17-point deficit to 12 markers at the intermission as Barton carried a 33-21 advantage into halftime.
The Bulldogs reclaimed the momentum in the second half, pushing the lead to 43-21 with a layup by Shante Neal (Spring Hope, N.C.) at the 17:15 mark on the heels of a 10-0 run to open the half. Barton continued to dictate the tempo over the next 10 minutes, extending the margin to 67-37 with a 24-16 run to open its largest lead of the game on a Jamila Johnson (Garner, N.C.) layup with 9:35 to play. The Bulldogs would hold on from there, maintaining at least a 20-point margin en route to victory.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Sunday when the Bobcats host Mount Olive College in a makeup contest after the teams' first matchup was postponed from Jan. 6 due to inclement weather. The contest is slated to tip-off at 2 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
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