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Lady Barons sweep conference opponents; winning streak climbs to five
|Lady Baron Brekken Tadsen, 6’1”, a forward freshman, successfully blocks an Auburn University-Montgomery player from making a shot Nov. 18 in Brewton-Parker College’s Gillis Gymnasium. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)
|BPC Basketball Cheerleaders bring school spirit to the stands in Gillis Gym Nov. 16 during the Women’s Basketball game versus Columbia College. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)
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MOUNT VERNON – The Brewton-Parker College women’s basketball team pushed their winning streak to five games after defeating two Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) opponents last week.
On Thursday, Nov. 16, senior Monique Martin had a triple double (24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals) while junior Filita Kirkendoll had 14 points as the No. 23 Lady Barons (5-0, 2-0 SSAC) cruised past Columbia College, 88-46. Senior Christina Braswell came off the bench for the Lady Barons, adding 12 points in the win.
In addition to performing well offensively, the Lady Barons relied on defensive pressure – which has become the team’s trademark over the last three years – to pick up another victory. For the game, the team forced 41 turnovers and held Columbia to just 12 points in the first half.
“Overall it was another great game for us,” said head coach Sheila Simmons. “We shot the ball well and played real well defensively. We did a good job keeping them off balance with our constant pressure.”
In addition to the leading scorers, the Lady Barons had contributions from sophomores Kenyatta Gatling (8 rebounds) and Monica Hunter (5 steals).
On Saturday, Nov. 18, it was “a tale of two halves” for the Lady Barons against No. 21 Auburn University-Montgomery. BPC overcame poor shooting in the first half to win their second straight conference game, 57-44.
As a team, the Lady Barons shot 23 percent from the field, had no three pointers, and shot 53 percent from the free-throw line – all in the first half.
“We just couldn’t score in the first half,” said Simmons. “I felt like we were rushing our offense a little and, as a result, couldn’t make shots.”
In the second half, the Lady Barons shot 50 percent from the field, including three of five three pointers. The team was perfect from the free-throw line.
“The second half we came out more patient, had easier shots to take, and eventually pulled away at the end,” said Simmons.
Monique Martin led the Lady Barons again with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Monica Hunter had 8 points and 5 rebounds.
The Lady Barons traveled to Sumter, S.C., on Monday to take on Morris College. This is part of a three game road trip that includes games with Edward Waters College and Lee University. The next home game for the Lady Barons will be Saturday, Dec. 2 against Reinhardt. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. All home games are played in the Gillis Gymnasium inside the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student Activities Center.