TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Barton women's basketball team needed overtime to claim an 86-83 victory over North Greenville University on Saturday afternoon in Hayes Gymnasium.
The win was Barton's third in a row and improved the team's overall record to 13-9 with a 10-6 mark in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders fell to 9-11 on the season with a 6-9 league mark after being swept in the season series by the Lady Bulldogs.
For the fourth time this season, the Barton offense shot over 50 percent in the game as BC made 33-of-61 (54.1) shot attempts and also made 78.9 percent (15-19) of its attempts from the free throw line. Barton held a 37-29 advantage in total rebounds in the game, but committed 22 costly turnovers that allowed NGU to stay in the game.
Barton and North Greenville played to a tied of 17-all after the first quarter. The two sides saw the scoreboard even three more times in the second quarter of play before back-to-back baskets from Alonna Terrell and Ciera Williams gave BC a three-point lead. NGU made two free throws with just over 10 seconds remaining to cut Barton's halftime lead to 36-35.
Junior Tatyana Jackson opened the second half by converting a three-point play before the BC lead grew to a six-point edge with 5:47 to play in the third quarter. North Greenville was quick to respond, tying the game at 51-51 just minutes later.
BC was able to regain the lead following a 10-0 run that ended with a 3-pointer from junior Taura Jones, but NGU closed the period with seven unanswered point to cut the Barton lead to seven.
The Crusaders overcame the BC lead early on in the fourth quarter, taking a one-point lead following a jumper from Cameron Carter. The lead changed hands three times over the final 2:50 of play as two Carter free throws sent the game into overtime.
North Greenville was able to lay claim to an early lead in the first two minutes of overtime until a jump shot from senior Caila Carter and two free throws from junior Karimah Dean game Barton a two-point lead.
After NGU's Karen Donahew made one of two free throw attempts, sophomore Dinah Neal made a layup with 11 seconds left to put her team back infront by three points. A 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark for North Greenville, sealing the victory for BC.
Caila Carter led the Barton offense with 16 points to go along with seven rebounds, while Dean recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Kianna Wynn contributed 15 points and six rebounds before fouling out of the game as Neal and Jackson finished with 11 points apiece.
Barton remains on the road for its next contest, a matchup with Pfeiffer University on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Misenheimer, N.C. at 5:30 p.m.