Bulldogs surge past Bobcats, 82-58

WILSON, N.C. --- The Barton College women's basketball team placed four players in double figures, and outscored visiting Lees-McRae College by a 35-23 margin in the second half en route to an 82-58 victory in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday evening.

Barton (16-6, 15-3 CC) posted a field goal percentage of 49.2 percent on the night, including a 60 percent clip in the second half, while holding Lees-McRae (8-13, 6-12 CC) to a mark of 34 percent from the floor in the contest. The Bulldogs won the battle on the glass by a 40-33 margin, including a 30-25 advantage on the defensive boards, while outscoring the Bobcats, 42-22, in the paint.

Kabrina Truesdale (Wilmington, N.C.) led the Bobcats with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, as Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.) added 12 markers and a team-high seven rebounds. Lauren Lewis (Concord, N.C.) chipped in 16 points with a 4-for-9 night from beyond the arc, while Layana De Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) posted nine markers and a team-high four assists.

Elaine Morgan nearly posted a triple-double to pace the Bulldogs, recording game-highs of 10 rebounds and 10 assists to go along with nine points. Janae Jackson added a double-double with contest-bests of 21 points and 10 boards, while Shante Neal and Nyeshea Willie chipped in 16 and 11 markers, respectively. Brianna Thomas also posted 10 markers for the Bulldogs.

Barton jumped out to an early 11-6 lead before the Bobcats responded, cutting the margin to 16-14 following a pair of three-point plays by Truesdale with 14:22 to go. The Bobcats stayed within striking distance for much of the next 10 minutes, consistently keeping the margin to single digits before cutting the lead to 36-33 on a Lewis triple at the 3:43 mark. The Bulldogs would answer with an 11-2 run, taking a 47-35 advantage into the intermission following a pair of late freebies by Thomas.

Barton carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with an 11-5 spurt to push the margin to 58-40 with 16:14 remaining. The Bulldogs would hold on from there, outscoring the Bobcats by a 24-18 margin over the last 15 minutes of play to equal the final score of 82-58.

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday, February 20 when the Bobcats travel to Due West, S.C. to take on Erskine College at 5:30 p.m. in conference play.

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