by Benny Benton
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Despite a career-high 31 points from forward Alex Kimble, the Barton College women's basketball team was routed by host University of North Georgia, 75-49, in the UNG Nighthawks Classic on Saturday in Memorial Hall.
Kimble, a redshirt senior from Virginia Beach, Va., added seven rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (3-2), but Barton still suffered its second lopsided loss in as many days.
North Georgia (4-1) took control early in the first quarter, turning a 4-3 deficit into a 19-4 lead with a 16-0 run. Barton closed to within 10 points at 23-13 following a layup by Alonna Terrell with 7:41 left before halftime, but the Nighthawks promptly went on another 11-0 spurt over the game's next two minutes to put the contest away early.
Barton, which shot just 20 percent in Friday's loss to Georgia College, fared just slightly better against UNG, making 17 of 69 attempts from the field (24 percent). Included in that total was a 6-of-34 effort from 3-point range (17 percent). Kimble accounted for five of the made 3-pointers in 14 attempts. The rest of the squad combined to go 1-for-20 from beyond the arc.
By contrast, North Georgia shot 44 percent from 3-point range (7 of 16) and 47 percent overall (30 of 64). Amber Skidgel led the attack for the Nighthawks, scoring 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-7 attempts from 3-point range.
Deana Blankinship added 12 points, 12 rebounds and five steals for UNG.
Outside of Kimble, Terrell was Barton's second-leading scorer with six points. She also added four rebounds and two blocks. Freshman Shanika Peterkin contributed a team-high eight rebounds and four blocks.
The Lady Bulldogs were outrebounded by North Georgia, 46-37, and lost the turnover battle, 23 to 21.
Barton will visit High Point University on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. matchup against the NCAA Division I Panthers.