Panthers win seventh straight

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

January 26, 2014

It’s seven and counting.

The LaGrange College women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to seven games with a 76-66 victory over North Carolina-Wesleyan on Sunday.

The win capped a perfect weekend for the Panthers, who beat William Peace 70-48 on Saturday.

The Panthers (12-6 overall), who lost their first three USA South games, are now 6-3 in the conference.

In Sunday’s game, the Panthers led by as many as 21 points in the second half, and they withstood a late charge by the Bishops to get the win.

“This was a really tough game today and we had to work very hard to get the win,” LaGrange College coach Lee Buchanan said. “I thought we came out strong and played well early. Again each player contributed to the win and that made it special.”

Caroline Brashier paced the Panthers with 24 points, and she was perfect on her four 3-point attempts.

Shaye Butler scored 13 points and had a team-high eight rebounds, and Mayana LeGrande added 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Panthers were on top 31-22 at the half, and they opened the second half on a 17-5 run to take a 48-27 lead.

The Bishops fought back and got as close as seven, but the Panthers held them at bay.

In Saturday’s game, Morgan McDonald led a balanced scoring effort with 13 points, and LeGrande and Kelsey Mitchell each scored 10 points.

The Panthers led 26-19 at the half, and they scored 44 points in the second half to put it away.

LaGrange College will try to make it eight straight when it visits Huntingdon on Wednesday.