by Cory Guinn
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – For the fourth straight game, the Barton women's basketball team was victorious, this time with a 73-59 win over host Pfeiffer University inside Merner Gymnasium.
The Lady Bulldogs (14-9, 11-6) have now won seven of their last 10 games including a seven-point win over the Falcons (7-14, 5-12) on Feb. 1 in Wilson. Barton was able to shoot 50 percent (26-for-52) in the contest, while holding Pfeiffer to just 31.3 percent from the floor.
After leading by one point through the game's first 10 minutes of play, Barton struggled to begin the second quarter and allowed Pfeiffer to get ahead.
BC took a brief 20-19 lead with 3:42 to play, but a late 3-pointer by Pfeiffer's Beth Sarson put her team up by five. Junior Tatyana Jackson answered with a 3-pointer of her own to make the halftime score 29-27 in favor of the host.
Barton tied the game at 29-all with consecutive free throws from senior Caila Carter and again at 31-all on a Dinah Neal layup before sophomore Kianna Wynn made back-to-back layups to put BC ahead by four points.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed for just 40 seconds of play in the second half as the team built its largest lead, a 16-point advantage in the fourth quarter, on two free throws from Neal in the closing seconds.
Wynn turned in her ninth double-double of the year with game-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while junior Karimah Dean followed with 15 points off of the bench.
Junior Taura Jones sank four 3-pointers en route to a career-high 14 points to go with six rebounds and Neal filled the stat sheet with 13 points, a career-high eight rebounds and six assists.
Barton stays on the road this weekend as the team travels to Banner Elk, N.C. for a 2 p.m. matchup on Saturday, Feb. 11 against Lees-McRae College.