by Cory Guinn
CENTRAL, S.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team shot 50 percent from the floor in a contest in which they never trailed as the Lady Bulldogs defeated Southern Wesleyan University 75-49 on the road Tuesday night.
In the game's early going, neither team was able to produce much offense until Barton (7-10, 6-4) used a 6-0 run to gain an edge at the 15:53 mark of the first half of action.
Barton's first half lead would grow to as large as a 19-point advantage on five straight points from Thomas in the closing minutes as the Lady Bulldogs held a 38-22 lead over Southern Wesleyan (6-8, 4-7)at intermission.
The first half of action witnessed Barton shoot 48.4 percent from the floor, including 42.9 percent from three-point range, while the defense held the Warriors to 29 percent shooting from the floor and forced 12 turnovers in the game's opening 20 minutes of play.
Southern Wesleyan and Barton would trade baskets for the first three minutes of the second half until the Bulldogs pulled even farther away with an 8-2 run for a 22-point lead with 12:59 left to play.
The lead for Barton grew to as large as 63-35 on a layup from freshman forward Shatisha Dukes at the 8:53 mark of the half with a layup from fellow freshman guard Deja Jeanpierre with 5:09 left on the clock giving the Lady Bulldogs a 29-point lead, their largest of the game.
Barton's defense held strong, clinching the 26-point road victory over the Warriors, as the Lady Bulldog offense totaled 43 rebounds in comparison to 39 by Southern Wesleyan while scoring 48 of their points in the paint. Barton also dished out a season-high 21 assists on 31 made field goals in the game.
Thomas led the Lady Bulldogs, tying her career-high with 25 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the floor. The senior recorded her second double-double in as many games with 12 rebounds in 39 minutes of action.
Dukes was the team's second-leading scorer with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while sophomore Tiffany Webster provided a spark off of the bench with 11 points, seven rebounds and a game-high seven assists.
The Lady Bulldogs will return home for a matchup with Lees-McRae College on Friday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium.