Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.
CENTRAL, S.C. —The difference between the penthouse and the basement of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas women’s basketball standings was illustrated in graphic fashion by Barton College in its 101-33 destruction of host Southern Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon.
It was the fifth straight victory for the Lady Bulldogs, who improved to 12-4 overall and 9-2 in Conference Carolinas play to remain a game behind front-running Belmont Abbey. However, it was more misery for the Warriors, who lost for the 16th time in 17 games and stumbled to 1-10 in league game. SWU remained tied with Converse for last place.
The scoring output represented a season-high for the Lady Bulldogs and was their first time over the 100-point plateau since a 103-53 win at home against Converse on Dec. 16, 2017.
Senior guard Summer Baer enjoyed a career afternoon with 26 points on 7-of-14 shooting from 3-point range. Baer’s effort sparked a season-high 13 3-pointers for the Lady Bulldogs, making them at a 43.3% clip.
With head coach Wendee Saintsing resting her starters once Barton had built a big lead, the only other scorers to reach double digits were junior center Shanika Peterkin with 13 points and freshman Khaliyah Gladney with a career-best 10 points and 18 rebounds. Both Peterkin and sophomore forward Jami Tham-Morrobel snatched eight rebounds. It was Peterkin’s 15th straight game scoring in double figures and just her third not hitting double digits in rebounds.
All 12 Lady Bulldogs to see action entered the scoring column as Barton shot 46.8% (36 of 77) from the floor and 66.7% (16 of 24) from the foul line.
Meanwhile, Barton limited the Warriors to just 23.1% accuracy (12 of 52) from the floor and forced 21 turnovers, leading to 35 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Barton also outrebounded SWU 40-26 and got 17 second-chance points to none for the Warriors.
Southern Wesleyan, which only scored four points in the third quarter, was led by Denisha Hall with nine points.
Baer’s 3-pointer gave Barton the first lead and the Lady Bulldogs never trailed, going up by 20 points by the end of the first quarter.
Barton plays the second of six straight road games Monday against Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina, before venturing to Cave Springs, Georgia, on Saturday to take on Emmanuel College. The Lions are currently a half-game behind Barton in the standings.
Tham-Morrobel 6, Peterkin 13, Wiggins 2, Gainey 7, Baer 26, Jones 9, Roberson 9, Morris 6, Gladney 10, Mitchell 3, Ferguson 6, McGrory 4.
SOUTHERN WESLEYAN (33)
Hall 9, A. Williams 7, T. Williams, Burnett 7, Hartgrove 1, Frederick, Green 1, Waters 2, Morrison 1, Ellison 5, Bailey.
Score by quarters:
Barton 29 21 27 24 — 101
SWU 9 11 4 9 — 33