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A pair of Barton College basketball teams trending in opposite directions returns to Wilson Gym on Saturday afternoon for an NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas doubleheader against North Greenville.
The Bulldogs of head coach Ron Lievense, who have lost their last two contests in overtime, take a 5-10 overall record and 3-5 showing in league play into the contest, while Wendee Saintsing’s Lady Bulldogs sit in fourth place in the standings as winners of their last two games.
Barton, which has lost its last three games overall, hopes that the comforts of home will be a benefit after failing to win their first road game of the season last week at Lees-McRae.
The Bulldogs, winless in five true road tests away from Wilson Gym, are led offensively by junior Isaiah Reddish. Reddish nearly averages a double-double with 20 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He’s followed by seniors Isaiah Buck-Lowman and Michael Boykin at 14.4 and 14.3 points per game, respectively.
While North Greenville (6-6, 4-3 CC) brings a modest record into Wilson Gym, the Bulldogs will be tasked with stopping the 3-point barrage of the Crusaders. Both Jacob Redding and D.J. Brooks rank inside the top-20 nationally in 3-point percentage, with Redding No. 6 at 51.4% Brooks is 18th and shoots it at a 47.6% clip from distance.
Inside, the Crusaders aren’t bereft of resistance, sitting 23rd in the nation with 4.5 blocked shots per game.
Four players currently average double figures for the Lady Bulldogs, with junior Shanika Peterkin fashioning a double-double of 16 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.
She’s followed by sophomore Akira Wiggins at 12.5 points per contest, followed by emerging sophomore Jami Tham-Morrobel at 11.9 and senior Summer Baer, averaging 10.8 points per outing.
Barton has emerged as one of the nation’s more unselfish teams, handing out an average of 17.1 assists per game to rank 18th in the nation. Behind Peterkin, Barton’s shot blocking is third in Division II at 6.3 redirections per contest.
Peterkin is third in the country at 3.69 blocks per game and ninth in rebounding at 11.4 retrievals per game.
North Greenville (5-6, 4-4 CC) is paced by Peace Okeke, who is 17th nationally in rebounding. Okeke grabs 10.6 rebounds per outing.