Lady Barons overcome shooting swoon to win 72-55
MOUNT VERNON - Brewton-Parker College women's basketball coach Tommy Dalley watched his team defeat Southern Wesleyan University 72-55 Monday night in Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference play at the Student Activities Center.
After watching the Lady Barons win despite shooting just 35 percent from the floor, Dalley said his players' minds were likely on their next game, Thursday against Auburn University-Montgomery (Ala.) in a battle of NAIA Division I nationally ranked teams.
"I think we were looking ahead to Thursday's game," said Dalley, whose No. 23 ranked team (13-3 overall, 3-0 GACC) found Southern Wesleyan (1-10, 0-2) a feisty foe early before the Lady Warriors committed 26 turnovers and likewise shot just 35 percent for the night.
"I think anytime you play a team that's 1-9, you tend to look past them. But a win is a win, and we will take it."
Southern Wesleyan erased an early seven-point deficit to close within one at 21-20 before Brewton-Parker finished the first half with a 37-29 advantage.
The Lady Barons then extended their lead to 56-34 in the first eight minutes of the second half and led by as many as 25 (72-47) with 3:09 remaining before Southern Wesleyan scored the game's last eight points.
Senior forward Tameka Oliver had another solid campaign for the Lady Barons, hitting 10 of 19 shots (2-for-8 from 3-point range) en route to a game-high, 24-point outing. Oliver also had a team-high nine rebounds and was one of four Lady Barons with four assists.
Freshman guard Ashley Little hit five 3-point shots for 15 points and senior guard Takara Solomon was 5-for-8 from the floor for 10 points.
Jahan Dunson led the Lady Warriors with 22 points from outside and Katrina Hegeman added 20 inside.
Auburn-Montgomery (10-6, 2-0) enters Thursday's 6 p.m. game at the Brewton-Parker Student Activities Center as the No. 17 ranked team in NAIA I this week.
Brewton-Parker College senior guard Takara Solomon (No. 4) and
senior forward Tameka Oliver (No. 32) battle Southern Wesleyan University senior
forward Kristi Callihan (No. 31) for a rebound during first-half action of the
teams' Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference game Monday night at BPC's Student
Activities Center in Mount Vernon, Ga. The host Lady Barons were 72-55 victors.
(Photo by Terry Gaston)