Senior guard Lauren Johnson had a career night in leading LaGrange to a 73-58 USA South win over Wesleyan on Thursday in Mariotti Gym. The victory upped the Panthers' record to 8-9 overall and 2-6 in conference play.
"This was a really good team win tonight. I am happy for our players to be able to see all the hard work they are putting in pay off," said Coach Lee Buchanan. "Each player who played scored and player had at least one rebound. I thought team did a great job of executing the game plan; play solid defense and win the rebounding battle.
"It always helps when you shoot the ball as well as we did tonight we had a good inside, outside attack and were able to score in multiple ways. Having 18 assists on 28 baskets is really good and I happy with how unselfish we were with the ball."
Johnson made 10-of-14 shots from the floor, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Sarah Evans had 13 points and Marilauren Farr 11. The Panthers shot 52.8 percent in the game. They had commanding 46-26 edge in rebounding, led by Jeris Johnson, who had a game-high 12.
Wesleyan (4-10, 0-6 USA South) led briefly at the start of the game. Lauren Johnson's layup put the Panthers ahead to stay. It was part of a 12-0 run that gave LC a 16-6 lead. The Wolves stayed in the game thanks to 14 first half turnovers by the Panthers. LC took a 33-23 lead into halftime.
The Panthers never allowed the Wolves within 10 points in the second half. Charley Amissah-Reyes made the second of two free throws for the Panthers' largest lead, 70-53, with two minutes left.
The Panthers play at Brevard on Saturday in a non-conference game Saturday.