by Benny Benton
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team gave NCAA Division I program High Point University a respectable fight on Tuesday, remaining within five points of the Panthers into the third quarter before falling, 82-69, at the Millis Center.
Even after High Point (2-2) pulled away to a 16-point advantage with 11 seconds to go in the third, Barton (3-3) battled back to within eight points on two occasions in the fourth quarter before High Point finally put away the pesky Lady Bulldogs.
Redshirt senior Alex Kimble led very balanced scoring for Barton with 14 points. Senior Tatyana Jackson added 13 points, six assists and five rebounds, and senior Taura Jones chipped in nine points on a trio of 3-pointers. The Lady Bulldogs also received seven points each from Summer Baer and Shanika Peterkin, and six points each from Alonna Terrell and Dinah Neal. Peterkin contributed a team-high seven rebounds as well.
Kat Harris posted 25 points, seven rebounds and five steals to lead the Panthers. High Point also gained 20 points from Lindsey Edwards and 17 from Shea Morgan.
After shooting less than 25 percent from the field in consecutive losses over the weekend, Barton regained its touch at High Point, making 13 of 25 attempts (52 percent) in the first half. As a result, the Lady Bulldogs were able to stay with the D1 Panthers.
Barton led just once in the contest, that early at 6-5 on a 3-pointer by Jones, but wiped out a six-point deficit to pull into a 21-all tie on a 3-pointer by Jackson with 9:20 left before halftime.
Leading by just two at the midpoint of the second quarter, High Point used two baskets by Edwards, a 3-pointer by Harris and a three-point play by Morgan to make up a 10-3 run and take a nine-point lead at 35-26 with 3:13 to go before intermission.
High Point still led by nine with 1:33 to play before the break, but Barton scored the final four points of the half on layups by Kimble and Terrell to cut the deficit to 37-32 at intermission.
Barton trailed by eight with 3:02 left in the third quarter following a 3-pointer by Jones when High Point went on a 13-5 spurt to put the game out of reach.
The Panthers shot 55 percent from the floor over the final two periods compared to just 37 percent for BC. High Point also won the rebounding margin in the game, 42 to 31, but Barton held a one-turnover edge, 18 to 17.
Barton will begin Conference Carolinas play and a four-game home stand on Wednesday, Nov. 29, when it hosts Belmont Abbey College.