Barton College's 108-102 defeat of Erskine College on Saturday in Wilson Gymnasium has to be one of the highest scoring women's basketball games in regulation in NCAA Division II competition.
The Div. II record is 261 set on Feb. 27, 1988, when St. Joseph's (Ind.) defeated Northern Kentucky 131-130 in five overtimes. Had the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Flying Fleet played five overtimes, I can imagine that record would have fallen.
The most points in a women's Div. II losing effort is 106, which is held by four teams, with the highest combined total being 117. There is no indication in the NCAA record book if any of those games went into overtime but I assume not. That would mean Saturday's Barton-Erskine output is at least the fifth-highest in a non-overtime contest.
One thing is for sure, as reported by Michael Lindsay in Monday's edition of The Wilson Daily Times, the 108 points is a Barton record since joining the NCAA in 1995. It could be an all-time record but there is incomplete information from the NAIA days.
Adding to the impressive factor is the Lady Bulldogs' leading scorer, junior guard Esty Flores, did not play after sustaining a concussion in practice last week.
I know the first thought about such a game is there must not have been much defense. But as exciting as the Barton men's program has been the past few seasons, it might be worth getting to games early to check out the Lady Bulldogs who are off to 5-1 start, including 3-0 in Conference Carolinas games.