Women's Basketball: Panthers roll past Wesleyan 71-33 to pick up first USA South win

Photo by Corey Hammett
Photo by Corey Hammett

LaGrange rolled past Wesleyan 71-33 in a USA South game Saturday in Mariotti Gym. The Panthers evened their conference record at 1-1 and improved to 5-6 on the season.

"I was really proud of our team today and the way they bounced back from Wednesday's loss," said Coach Lee Buchanan. "They worked very hard the last two days to get ready for the game. We had balanced scoring and really shared the ball with 19 assists on 26 baskets.

"I was pleased with our players off the bench and thought they gave us the lift we needed. We are very team oriented and it was good to see everyone contribute today."

Lauren Johnson led the Panthers with 11 points, with Jeris Johnson adding 10. Buchanan played all 15 players on the roster, with 14 breaking into the scoring column.

The Panthers opened the game by making their first seven shots in jumping out to a 16-2 lead after six minutes. They led 21-8 after the first quarter.

Wesleyan (1-8, 0-1 USA South) scored the first four points of the second period to make it a nine point game. But the Wolves would not get any closer the rest of the way. The Panthers allowed only three more points in the quarter in taking a 33-15 halftime lead.

The Panthers continued to build on their lead in the second half. Shenelle Toxen's layup off an assist from Jaide Walker gave LC its biggest lead, 71-30, in the final minute.

The Panthers host Agnes Scott on Sunday at 2 p.m. in another USA South game.