Lady Bulldogs give up late lead in 71-70 loss to league leader Limestone

Archived photo of redshirt-junior Alex Kimble who made four 3-pointers and scored a season-high 16 points against Limestone on Friday night. | Photo by Brittany Arent
Archived photo of redshirt-junior Alex Kimble who made four 3-pointers and scored a season-high 16 points against Limestone on Friday night. | Photo by Brittany Arent
by Cory Guinn

GAFFNEY, S.C. – Looking to avenge a 29-point loss earlier this month, the Barton women's basketball team fell short, 71-70, to Limestone College on Friday evening in the Timken Center.

Barton (10-8, 7-6) made 45.3 percent of its shots from the floor, while the defense held Limestone (16-3, 12-1) to a 37.9 percent mark in the game. The Lady Bulldogs also held a 43-38 edge in total rebounds but made just 5-of-12 attempts from the free throw line, leading to the defeat.

Redshirt-junior Alex Kimble led off the game with a 3-pointer for Barton College, the third straight game with such an occurrence, as Barton led 7-3 over the first few minutes of play. However, Limestone quickly tied the score at 7-all and garnered a led it would hold on to for the remainder of the period.

The Limestone lead moved to an eight-point advantage early in the second quarter. BC continued to chip away at the deficit as a jumper from junior Tatyana Jackson with three seconds remaining in the half cut the Saints' lead to 37-36 with two quarters remaining.

A Jackson 3-pointer gave Barton a two-point lead just 42 seconds into the second half, but Limestone regained its edge to lead 46-41 following five unanswered points from senior Jasmine Kearse. The lead traded hands three times over the final four minutes of the third quarter as back-to-back free throws from Barton sophomore Dinah Neal tied the game at 53-53 after three quarters of action.

In the fourth quarter, Kimble and sophomore Kianna Wynn put Barton back on top with consecutive baskets until Limestone's Keidra Smith and Jasmine Richardson nailed two straight 3-pointers to retake the lead. The Lady Bulldogs retook the lead once again on a Kimble 3-pointer with 4:35 to play.

BC led for just 10:47 of the contest with its last lead coming at the 1:33 mark of the fourth quarter when Richardson tied the score with her second long range shot of the period. The Saints hit three free throws down the stretch to keep their lead in tact as a jumper by Wynn at the final buzzer went in but was not enough to force overtime.

Wynn registered her sixth consecutive double-double with a game-high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds. Kimble made four 3-pointers and scored a season-high 16 points, while Jackson totaled 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.

The Lady Bulldogs stay in South Carolina tomorrow as they travel to Central, S.C. for a Conference Carolinas tilt with Southern Wesleyan University at 2 p.m.