Barton picks up league win, 75-69, over Belmont Abbey

Sophomore Kianna Wynn recorded her eighth double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds in Barton's victory over Belmont Abbey on Saturday afternoon. | Photo by Brittany Arent
Sophomore Kianna Wynn recorded her eighth double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds in Barton's victory over Belmont Abbey on Saturday afternoon. | Photo by Brittany Arent

by Cory Guinn

WILSON, N.C. Sophomore Kianna Wynn registered her eighth double-double of the season and three other Lady Bulldogs scored in double figures as the Barton women's basketball team picked up a 75-69 win over Belmont Abbey College in Wilson Gym.

Barton (10-7, 7-4) avenged a 70-67 loss to the Crusaders (8-8, 6-5) that occurred back on No. 30 in Belmont, N.C. and put the Lady Bulldogs back into fourth place in the Conference Carolinas standings.

Belmont Abbey held a slight 37-34 edge in total rebounds but the BC defense forced 24 turnovers in the game, turning those miscues into 29 points on the scoreboard. Barton also had an edge in points scored in the paint with a 42-32 margin.

Redshirt-junior Alex Kimble started the game with back-to-back 3-pointers for Barton, followed by a layup from senior Caila Carter as BC built an early 8-2 lead.

Belmont Abbey quickly closed the gap, using a 3-pointer from Alexius Hampton and two free throws from Chrystal Ezechukwu to take a two-point lead with just under six minutes remaining. After Barton tied the game at 12-all, BAC regained the lead and held on for a 21-19 edge after the game's opening 10 minutes.

The lead grew to as large as a six-point advantage for Belmont Abbey before Kimble's third 3-pointer of the half sparked a 13-2 run for Barton over the final 3:50 of the half as BC carried a 37-32 lead into intermission.

Barton's lead grew to a nine-point margin with just over seven minutes to play. The Crusaders chipped away at the BC lead, eventually taking a one-point lead with 3:27 remaining on the clock. The lead traded hands three times over the final three minutes of play.

The Lady Bulldogs regained the lead for good with 1:16 to play on a layup from Wynn as the team made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Wynn finished with a team-high 17 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Karimah Dean followed with 14 points in 19 minutes off of the bench. Carter totaled 11 points and eight rebounds in the low post as Kimble finished with 11 points of her own. Junior Tatyana Jackson chipped in eight points and led all player with six assists.

Barton takes to the road for the team's next contest, a matchup with Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m.