BANNER ELK, N.C. – Breana Hardnett scored a team-high 23 points, but the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team dropped 87-64 decision to Barton Saturday afternoon at Williams Gymnasium. The loss moves LMC's record to 4-20 overall and 4-14 in conference play.
The Bobcats and Bulldogs played a fairly even six minutes to open Saturday's game with Barton holding a slim 12-10 lead. After that, however, the Bulldogs closed out the first quarter on 13-0 run to grow their lead to 15 points after one quarter, 25-10.
Barton continued this late run into the second as it outscored Lees-McRae 25-14 in the frame to further expand its lead out to 26 going into halftime, 50-24.
The duo of Hardnett and Markia Stacey combined for 13 of LMC's 16 points in the third, but the Bulldogs kept shooting around the 50-percent mark from the field. Because of the sharp-shooting by Barton, the Bobcats were unable to close the gap as Barton took a 71-40 lead going into the final quarter.
Lees-McRae saved its best quarter for last Saturday outscoring the Bulldogs, 24-16. Hardnett accounted for 10 of those 24 points, but the deficit proved too large as Barton went on to seal the 87-64 victory.
In addition to her 23 points, Hardnett led LMC in several categories Saturday. The sophomore from Greensboro, N.C. paced the Bobcats in rebounds (7), steals (2) and blocks (1). Brea Forbes and Alexis Ammons also finished in double figures for LMC finishing with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
LMC will close out its home schedule Wednesday when it hosts King (TN) University at Williams Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.