by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team, winners of three straight games, will look to continue its recent hot streak, while the men's basketball team will look to rebound from a tough home loss as the Bulldogs travel to Gaffney, S.C. on Saturday, Jan. 17 to take on Conference Carolinas foe Limestone College at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Lady Bulldogs vs Limestone
With three consecutive victories over Conference Carolinas opponents, the Lady Bulldogs (6-9, 5-3) are looking to continue their climb in the league standings as they travel to take on nationally-ranked No. 8 Limestone College this weekend.
Limestone, currently leading the league with a 9-0 record in conference play and 14-1 record overall, averages 73.2 points per contest and has claimed victory in its last 13 games, including a win over Emmanuel College earlier this week.
The Saints pride themselves on the defensive end where they average a league-high 13.5 steals per game and force 20.8 opponent turnovers. Limestone is led by guard Jasmine Kearse (14.6 points per game, 3.6 assists, 2.7 steals) as four different players average double figure points.
Barton College has risen to fifth in the conference standings and will be looking to earn its fourth straight conference win after a 66-49 victory over Pfeiffer University earlier this week.
The Lady Bulldogs held the Falcons to just 28.9 percent shooting from the floor and forced 30 turnovers in the game, leading to 23 points off of turnovers and 38 points scored in the paint.
During the current three-game win streak, Barton has averaged 76.7 points per game, shooting 46 percent from the floor, while holding opponents to just 63.3 points per contest.
Senior Brianna Thomas has stabilized the Lady Bulldogs during the streak, averaging a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds over the three game stretch.
Sophomore Shatisha Dukes has also stepped up her game, averaging a team-high 14 points per game and 6.3 rebounds, while senior Kaila Lea has averaged 12.3 points off of the bench. Freshman Alexis Johnson has come into her own, averaging 9.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a key member off the bench for Barton.
Bulldogs vs Limestone
The Barton men's basketball team (9-7, 5-3) has won five of its last seven contests. However, an 82-68 defeat at the hands of Pfeiffer University on Tuesday has the Bulldogs looking to regain their winning form.
The Bulldogs will travel to Limestone College this weekend for a matchup with the Saints, who currently boast a 4-13 overall record with a 4-5 mark in league play, having lost their last two matchups with Erskine College last week and Emmanuel College on Tuesday night.
Limestone's offense has staggered of late, scoring just 55 points in the past two games, while the Barton offense leads Conference Carolinas scoring at an 86.2 points per game clip while also leading the league with 42.4 rebounds per game.
The matchup will see a few of the top offensive weapons in the conference square off as Limestone dresses the second-leading league scorer in sophomore Shaq Dance (19.9 points per game, 49.2 field-goal percentage), while Barton will suit up freshman Danny Shand (17.6 points per game, 4.4 assists) and the reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week in junior Jake Veasley (16 points per game, 41.9 three-point percentage). Shand and Veasley place fourth and sixth respectively in the individual points per game rankings within the conference.
Barton senior Ryan Canoy has averaged 13 points and six rebounds in the team's last two games, and junior Dominique Byrd has chipped in 10 points and five rebounds per game over the last two off of the bench.