Women's Basketball

Barton downs Lees-McRae, 79-48, on Saturday

Barton downs Lees-McRae, 79-48, on Saturday

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Barton College shot 44.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range Saturday at Williams Gymnasium on its way to a 79-48 win over the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team. The loss moves LMC's record to 6-13 overall and 3-10 in league action.

The opening 20 minutes of play was all Bulldogs. Barton's offense was firing on all cylinders as all but two field goals the team had in the first half were assisted. The duo of Alex Kimble and Kianna Wynn did the bulk of the damage with 12 points each. The Bobcats did block eight shots in the half but even that did not slow down the Bulldog attack. With all those factors working against them, the Bobcats trailed by 19 points, 45-26, at the break.

LMC continued to struggle offensively in the second half. As a team, the Bobcats made just six field goals in the final two quarters. Three of those six came courtesy of Ava Bethea who scored nine points in the second to set a new career-high for her. Barton's offense slowed down some in the second but it wasn't enough for the Bobcats to make a comeback attempt as it went on to win by 31 points.

Karli Mason finished with nine points like Bethea did to pace the Bobcat offense Saturday. Grace Canella scored five points grabbed four rebounds and blocked a career-best four shots in the loss.  

Lees-McRae will look to get back on track next Wednesday when it travels to Belmont Abbey for another conference matchup. Tip-off for that contest is set for 5:30 p.m.

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