by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton women's basketball team cruised to an 89-62 win over visiting North Greenville University on Monday night in a Conference Carolinas Quarterfinal matchup inside Wilson Gymnasium.
The No. 4 seed Lady Bulldogs (18-11) defeated North Greenville (14-14), the tournament's No. 5 seed, for the third time this season after making 45.7 percent of its shots and holding a 59-32 edge in total rebounds. Barton also made 54.5 percent (6-of-11) of its attempts from downtown and scored 48 points in the paint.
North Greenville led just twice in the game with the last occurrence coming via a 6-4 lead with 7:40 remaining in the first quarter. From that point on, Barton closed the period on an 18-8 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers from redshirt-junior Alex Kimble to end the quarter.
BC outscored the Crusaders 28-10 in the second quarter to build a 26-point lead at the intermission. The Lady Bulldogs opened the second half with a 13-6 run over the first five minutes of the third quarter, gaining its largest advantage at 69-34 with 1:54 to play in the frame.
The Crusaders were able to win the fourth quarter by a four-point margin, but the Barton lead was too much to overcome for the visitors.
Despite being in early foul trouble, sophomore Kianna Wynn finished with her seventh double-double in a row and 19th of the season scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in just 21 minutes on the court.
Kimble buried 3-of-5 attempts from long range to finish with 13 points, while fellow junior Karimah Dean had 13 points of her own to go with seven rebounds. Sophomore Dinah Neal was the fourth Lady Bulldog in double figures with 10 points off of the bench.
Barton advances to the Conference Carolinas Tournament Semifinals with the win and is scheduled to take on the tournament's No. 1 seed Limestone College on its home floor in Gaffney, S.C. The Lady Bulldogs and Saints are set to square off on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m.