WILSON, NC – Six players scored in double figures Thursday night to power the Barton College women’s basketball team to an 87-70 conquest of visiting Conference Carolinas foe Coker.
Sara Fleming scored 14, Destiny Hamlin and Jamila Johnson 12 apiece, Blair Burke and Casey Moore 11 each and Esty Flores 10 for the Lady Bulldogs, who rose to 10-7 overall and 8-4 in the league. Coker exited Wilson Gym at 3-15 overall and 2-9 in league play.
Henna Koponen enjoyed a fine night for Coker, cashing in a game-high 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting. She also had nine rebounds and four assists. Temeca Spain contributed 18 points.
The Lady Cobras roared to a 28-18 lead with 9:24 left in the first half, but Barton responded with an 11-0 run to take a 29-28 lead, its first of the game, at 7:33. The lead changed hands several times before intermission, when Barton led 44-40.
Moore and Fleming scored the first baskets of the second half for Barton, making it 48-40. The Lady Bulldogs’ lead was 10 points or more for the final 12-plus minutes of the game.
Barton finished with a 46-35 rebounding advantage, led by Hamlin, a 5-foot-8 sophomore from Lugoff, S.C., who had her best game with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in a reserve role. The Lady Bulldogs shot 45.7 percent (32-of-70) while Coker was 29-of-64 for 45.3 percent.
Barton is home with Erskine at 5:30 Saturday night, while Coker faces Belmont Abbey at 2:00.