Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
WILSON, N.C. – Barton College used a strong performance in the third quarter Friday night to power past the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team, 81-68. The loss moves LMC's record to 4-7 overall and 1-4 in conference games.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well in the opening 20 minutes as the two squads combined for a shooting percentage of just 27.6. With that, however, Barton and Lees-McRae each held the lead at different points in the first two quarters. With about four minutes to go before halftime, the Bobcats looked like they may run away from the Bulldogs as they had a seven-point lead, 25-18. Barton, however, closed out the second quarter on a 12-5 run to make the score 30-30 at the break.
After scoring 30 points in the opening half, the Bulldogs came out for the third quarter with a renewed focus. Barton outscored LMC 36-17 in the third quarter to open up a 16-point lead on the Bobcats heading to the fourth quarter, 66-50. Lees-McRae chipped away at the deficit in the fourth but it only got as close as 11 points to Barton as the Bulldogs went to win, 81-66.
A major key in the Bulldogs' victory is their work in the rebounding category. Barton grabbed 65 rebound compared to 33 for LMC, including a 25-12 margin in offensive rebounds. Individually, the Bobcats were led by Karli Mason with 13 points. The duo of Markia Stacey and Mackenzie Blankenship both chipped in 10 points as well. Stacey also totaled a team-high seven assists to bring her career total to 302, which moves her into fourth place on the program's all-time assist list.
LMC will return to the court Saturday for another conference matchup when it faces Mount Olive on the road. Tip-off between the Trojans and Bobcats is set for 5:30 p.m.