The flagging hopes of the Barton College women's basketball team to reach the NCAA Division II East Regional were dealt a serious setback Saturday afternoon.
Mount Olive, the No. 3 seed, upset top-seeded and nationally 12th-ranked Anderson 73-63 in the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship. That means the Lady Trojans, who were sparked by North Johnston High product Helen Moore's 20 points, get the conference's automatic bid.
Unlike in men's basketball, Conference Carolinas does not fetch that much respect in women's basketball. With just eight regional spots — and three handed to conference tournament winners — Barton's hopes for an at-large bid grew more distant with MOC's upset. The Lady Bulldogs, who entered the conference tournament as the No. 10 team in the regional rankings, lost in the semifinals to unranked MOC after the teams split their regular-season meetings.