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GREENWOOD, S.C. — Plagued by giveaways and a lopsided disadvantage in points in the paint, the Barton College women’s basketball team played its final game before Thanksgiving and suffered an 87-61 loss to Lander University on Tuesday afternoon inside Finis Horne Arena.
Barton (4-2) of Conference Carolinas had four starters finish in double figures, including a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds from junior Shanika Peterkin. But it wasn’t enough to overcome 22 turnovers and a minus-20 disparity with points in the paint. Lander (4-2) of the Peach Belt Conference asserted a 42-22 advantage in the painted area and turned 22 Lady Bulldog turnovers into 28 points.
Barton shot just 23 of 62 from the field for 37.1% accuracy and did not help its cause with a 9-of-16 showing from the foul line. Lander turned its success inside into a 31-for-70 showing, good for a 44.3-percent clip. Lander built its lead to as much as 30 points on Tabitha Daley’s layup with 25 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs opened coherently, taking their biggest lead at 10-5 in the opening period on a jumper by sophomore Akira Wiggins. However, Lander closed the quarter on a 14-2 run and never yielded the lead from there. Trailing by nine in the second quarter, Wiggins hit a 3-pointer to bring Barton within 23-17. However, Lander again closed the half with another monster run, using a 16-4 spurt to deck the Lady Bulldogs and own a 39-21 halftime lead.
Barton could only chop the deficit to 15 in the third before entering the fourth staring at a 61-34 deficit.
Senior Summer Baer, Wiggins and sophomore Jami Tham-Morrobel all had 12 points to lead Barton. Amiaya Melvins had 16 for Lander to lead all scorers, while Zamiya Passmore and Cierra Revelle each had 15. Revelle was 5 of 12 from behind the 3-point line in 38 minutes of play.
Lander also picked up 14 points from Jessica Harris and 10 from Miriam Recarte as the Lady Bulldogs were outpaced off the bench by a 34-11 margin.
Barton is back in action Tuesday, Dec. 3 at home gainst Conference Carolinas foe Limestone.