Lady Bulldogs’ road struggles continue in loss to North Georgia

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. —A career-high 31 points from forward Alex Kimble was not nearly enough to enable the Barton College women’s basketball team to avoid a second straight lopsided loss on Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas were dealt a 75-49 loss by the University of North Georgia in the UNG Nighthawks Classic in Memorial Hall.

Barton visits High Point University of the Div. I ranks at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

North Georgia (4-1) took control early, transforming a 4-3 deficit into a 19-4 advantage with a 16-0 run. Barton (3-2) drew as close as 23-13 on Alonna Terrell’s layup with 7 minutes, 41 seconds left in the first half. But the Nighthawks all but put the game away by retaliating with a 11-0 spree.

After shooting for just 20-percent accuracy in Friday’s loss to Georgia College, Barton fared only slightly better Saturday, connecting on 17 of 69 attempts (24-percent accuracy) and found the range on just 6-of-34 attempts from 3-point range. Kimble drained five of her 14 shots from beyond the arc.

Hitting 7 of 10 shots from the floor and 5 of 7 from 3-point land, Amber Skidgel paced the Nighthawks with 19 points. Deana Blankinship added 12 points, 12 rebounds and five steals.

Kimble, a redshirt senior, also grabbed seven rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs. Terrell managed six points and two blocks. Freshman Shanika Peterkin claimed a Barton-high eight rebounds and four blocks.