by Cory Guinn
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA. – The Barton College women's basketball team shot its second lowest percentage of the season, 33.8 percent, in a 69-62 loss to Emmanuel College (Ga.) on Tuesday night.
Barton (10-8, 7-5) made just 22-of-65 shot attempts, including only 4-of-17 from 3-point range. However, the Lady Bulldogs did make a season-high 87.5 (14-of-16) of its free throw attempts which is a marginal improvement over its 62.5 percent mark on the season.
In contrast, the Lions (8-8, 6-6) shot only 37.5 percent from the floor and missed all 11 attempts from deep but did hold a 47-37 edge over Barton in total rebounds.
For the second straight game, redshirt-junior Alex Kimble began the game with a 3-pointer to give Barton an early lead. Senior Caila Carter made one of two free throw attempts and junior Tatyana Jackson also made a 3-point shot to put BC ahead 7-0 just over a minute into the game.
Emmanuel tied the game at 13-13 with just over a minute to play in the period, taking a one-point lead with 52 seconds remaining.
The lead changed hands 10 times in the second quarter of action with the last occurrence coming with 1:45 left in the first half. Senior JerBria Smith made a jump shot to give Barton a one-point lead before a layup from junior Jaclyn Welch put BC ahead by three heading into intermission.
After five more lead changes to begin the third quarter, Emmanuel's Elise Coberly made back-to-back free throws to put her team ahead for the remainder of the period.
Sophomore Kianna Wynn eventually tied the score at 48-48 with 8:30 to play in the game until Mikayla Tombley scored on consecutive layups to give the Lions the lead for good. Emmanuel made five of six free throw attempts over the final 46 seconds of play to preserve the lead on its home floor.
Coberly led all players in the game with 18 points, while Barton junior Karimah Dean led BC with 14 points and five rebounds. Smith chipped in 12 points in 21 minutes off of the bench as Wynn registered her fifth straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Barton continues its brief three-game road trip on Friday, Jan. 27 when it travels to Gaffney, S.C. for a rematch with Limestone College at 5:30 p.m.