Ky. Wesleyan edges out UW-Parkside
Barton drains game-winning shot to lift Panthers to next round
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A running layup by Bianca Barton with 1.6 seconds on the clock lifted Kentucky Wesleyan to a 73-71 win against No. 15 Wisconsin-Parkside in GLVC tournament on Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Panthers (17-12) pulled the day's second upset behind a whopping 39 points from their bench, led by Barton's 13 total.
The game-winner was set up after Wisconsin-Parkside tied the ballgame with six seconds left on a Jadee Rooney layup.
Barton put the ball in on a drive up the left side of the rack, giving the Rangers a sense of deja vu, as it was Barton who put in the last-second bucket giving Kentucky Wesleyan a 68-67 win in Wisconsin Dec. 1.
The Rangers (22-5) held a 36-30 lead at the half, behind 43 percent shooting as a team and 11 points from All-GLVC First Team member Jadee Rooney.
In addition to Barton's 13, both Kristen Rowe and Karly Rhoads put in a dozen for the Lady Panthers, while T'Essence Phelps added 10. Brittany Beyer finished with a game-high 20 points for the Rangers, while Rooney had 18 total for the game.
Kentucky Wesleyan advances to a Saturday matchup with six-seeded UIndy, which also pulled a upset on Thursday in the day's first game. The Lady Panthers and Greyhounds will meet on Saturday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.