FLORENCE, S.C. — Barton College entered Tuesday’s women’s basketball game at Francis Marion University with a team shooting percentage of .353 and the Bulldogs still managed to come in below that mark in an 82-58 loss.
The Bulldogs made just 21-of-61 shots from the floor for 34.4% accuracy, which is not even close to their season worst, in dropping to 4-14 on the season. Defending champion Barton is tied for seventh place in NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas with King, both at 4-7. It was the 11th straight victory for the Patriots (12-6, 10-2), tied for second with UNC Pembroke behind league unbeaten Belmont Abbey (14-3, 11-0).
Barton’s woes were especially acute from 3-point range, making just 4-of-20 attempts, and the Bulldogs failed to get to the foul line as often as FMU. Barton shot 12 of 18 for 66.7% accuracy while the Patriots dropped in 19 of 27 from the line (70.4%) and connected on 5-of-14 3-point shots (35.7%). Overall, FMU shot 50.9% (29 of 57) but most of those were layups and short jumpers with 46 points coming in the paint.
Barton was outrebounded 37-34 and committed 17 turnovers to 14 by FMU.
The Bulldogs stayed close through one quarter at 17-15 as Cierra Revelle swished a pair of 3-pointers. However, those would be her only points of the night. Francis Marion opened the second quarter with a 13-1 run, taking a lead as large as 14 points. However, Barton rallied to cut the advantage to 36-27 by halftime.
The Patriots peeled off a 10-0 run midway the third quarter that all but finished the Bulldogs, who were only able to get the lead below 20 once in the fourth quarter.
Junior Lauren Walker led Barton with 15 points despite going 0 for 8 from 3-point range. Payton Sutton added 11 points. Lauryn Taylor netted a game-high 21 points for the Patriots while Jasmine Stanley had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Kiana Lee added 16 points.
After three road trips in four games, the Bulldogs get to stay home Saturday as Erskine visits Wilson Gym for a noon tipoff.
Walker 15, Sutton 11, Revelle 6, Wilkins 4, Quillet 4, Mingo 8, Byrne 6, Copeland 4.
FRANCIS MARION (82)
Taylor 23, Stanley 22, Lee 25, Oliver 7, Richards 3, Adams 9, Hagood 2, Owens 1.
Score by quarters:
Barton 15 14 16 13 — 58
FMU 17 21 29 15 — 82