Three Lady Bulldogs score in double figures as Barton takes down Emmanuel at home

Sophomore Dinah Neal matched a career-high with 15 points and six steals in Barton's win over Emmanuel on Saturday afternoon. | Photo by Brittany Arent
Sophomore Dinah Neal matched a career-high with 15 points and six steals in Barton's win over Emmanuel on Saturday afternoon. | Photo by Brittany Arent

by Cory Guinn

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team rebounded from a midweek loss to defeat visiting Emmanuel College 74-68 on Saturday afternoon in Wilson Gym.

With the win, Barton (16-10, 13-7) maintained their fourth place standing in the league, while the loss dropped Emmanuel to 13-11 overall and 11-9 in league play.

Sophomore Kianna Wynn recorded her 16th double-double of the year, scoring 18 points and pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds.

Fellow sophomore Dinah Neal was also in double figures and matched a career-high with 15 points and six steals, while junior Karimah Dean totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Emmanuel led early in the first quarter before back-to-back 3-pointers from junior Taura Jones gave Barton a 13-10 lead. However, the Lions quickly tied the game at 13-all with a 3-pointer of their own.

A 13-1 run by Barton opened the second quarter and built a 26-14 lead for the Lady Bulldogs as sophomore Ciera Williams made a layup and free throw to complete a three-point play with just under four minutes remaining. Barton carried a 29-22 lead into intermission after outscoring Emmanuel by seven in the period.

The Lions got within three points of the Lady Bulldogs' lead midway through the third quarter but could not overcome the BC advantage. Barton shot 65.7 percent in the second half and made 13 free throws in the fourth quarter alone to seal the win.

Barton will host Lees-McRae College Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the team's final home contest of the regular season.