Defense leads Lady Bulldogs to first victory of the season over Saint Augustine's

Defense leads Lady Bulldogs to first victory of the season over Saint Augustine's

by Cory Guinn

WILSON, N.C. The Barton College women's basketball team forced 27 turnovers en route to an 88-68 victory over Saint Augustine's University on Tuesday evening in Wilson Gymnasium.

Barton (1-2) earned its first win of the season behind 48 percent shooting from the floor, including 40 percent from beyond the three-point arc. The Lady Bulldogs and Falcons (0-3) each pulled down 43 total rebounds, while Barton held a 58-10 edge in bench points. 

Freshmen Kelsee Arnold and Dinah Neal each scored 11 points to lead Barton, while sophomore Tatyana Jackson totaled 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Lady Bulldogs. Freshman Kianna Wynn recorded eight points and nine rebounds in her first career start as all 14 active players scored in the game.

Saint Augustine's junior guard Sycoya Dorsey led all players with 24 points, filling the stat sheet with eight rebounds and six assists as well. Junior Shakeisha Washington had the games lone double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in 34 minutes of play.

BC led 20-13 after the opening quarter of play and held a 41-25 advantage at intermission as the Lady Bulldog defense held the Falcons to just 29.4 percent shooting in the game's opening 20 minutes.

Barton and Saint Augustine's both shot over 50 percent from the field in the second half of action as BC controlled the game throughout to secure the 20-point win.

The Lady Bulldogs travel to Hartsville, S.C. on Thursday, Nov. 19 for a 6 p.m. matchup with South Atlantic Conference member Coker College.