by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – Fresh off of wins in the first home contests of 2015, the Barton College men's and women's basketball teams look to carry the momentum over into a home matchup with Belmont Abbey College on Saturday at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in Wilson Gym.
Lady Bulldogs vs Belmont Abbey
The Lady Bulldogs will certainly have their hands full when they host one of Conference Carolinas' top offenses in the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey College. This will be the second and final matchup of the regular season for the two teams as the Crusaders earned an 81-64 victory on their home floor on Nov. 19.
Belmont Abbey averages 70.1 points per contest, led by the league's best scorer in McKenzie Owen (18.3 points per game, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks) and Morgan Midkiff (14.8 points, 2.1 three-pointers per game), who looks to fill it up from three-point range.
Barton College is looking to earn its second straight conference win after a 15-point victory over North Greenville on Wednesday. Sophomore Shatisha Dukes led the Lady Bulldogs with a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor with eight rebounds in 24 minutes of play as Barton shot a season-high 47.8 percent from the floor, including 40 percent from long range.
Freshman Tatyana Jackson followed close behind with 17 points of her own, while senior Kaila Lea rounded out the double-digit scorers for Barton with 16 points off of the bench. Senior Brianna Thomas led the team with 12 rebounds to go along with seven points.
Bulldogs vs Belmont Abbey
The Barton men's basketball team has won four of its last five contests, including an 84-80 win over North Greenville University on Wednesday. With the four-point victory, Barton has ascended into a tie for third-place in Conference Carolinas with its eyes set on a continued rise.
The Bulldogs will now look to continue its recent success within the conference as they host Belmont Abbey College in Wilson. This will be the second and final matchup of the regular season for the two teams as Barton earned an 86-64 victory on the road on Nov. 19.
The Crusaders are currently last in league play with 58.9 points per game and 28.4 rebounds, while Barton ranks first in both categories, scoring at an 87.6 clip and pulling down 43.6 rebounds per contest.
Junior guard Jake Veasley hopes to keep his recent hot streak going as the Marion, Ark. native has averaged 23.5 points per game over the team's last four contests, including 27 points in the most recent victory. Sophomore Jordan Sharpe and senior Daniel McClendon each chipped in 10 points of their own, while junior Dominique Byrd totaled a game-high 10 rebounds.