by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team dropped a 77-74 decision in overtime Saturday at home against Erskine College in a Conference Carolinas matchup. Redshirt senior Alex Kimble sent the game to an extra frame for BC after hitting the tying layup with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs (3-5, 0-2) recorded a season-high 83 shots in the contest, going 25-of-83 from the floor and 5-of-22 from downtown. Erskine (3-6, 2-1) outscored the Lady Bulldogs 8-5 in overtime and got an eventual game-winning jumper from Emani Bell to snap a three-game losing streak.
Kimble finished the game with a team-high 16 points on 5-of-21 shooting from the field, hitting three of BC's five three-pointers in the contest. Junior Dinah Neal added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs while tallying a team-high four steals. Senior Karimah Dean scored nine points and produced a team-high 11 rebounds in her first game of the season for Barton. Freshman Shanika Peterkin notched a game-high two blocks to go along with 10 rebounds for BC, who out-rebounded Erskine 55-46.
The Flying Fleet were led by Alexis Scott's game-high 23-point performance and 15 rebounds. Christian Brown finished the contest with 17 points and eight rebounds for Erskine. Brown also tallied four assists, two blocks, and two steals. Dareisha Sowell added 16 points and Megan Davis notched 14 points for the Flying Fleet.
Sowell would tally the opening five points of the contest to give Erskine a quick 5-0 lead over the Lady Bulldogs. Senior Tatyana Jackson drained her only trey of the contest to pull BC with two points (7-5) with 3:42 left in the first quarter but saw Erskine's Davis answer with a three-ball of her own to up the lead back to five points. The Flying Fleet stretched their lead to 14-7 before senior Taura Jones and Kimble trimmed the deficit to 14-12 for Barton. Davis closed the scoring in the opening quarter by draining a pair of free-throws to give Erskine a 16-12 advantage.
Trailing 20-16 in the second quarter, freshman Tayah Doss made a layup to put BC within two of the Flying Fleet. Doss then followed less than a minute later with another layup after a steal by Peterkin to knot the score 20-20. With Barton down 23-22, Doss continued her streak of scoring, hitting a jumper with 4:26 remaining in the quarter to give the Lady Bulldogs a 24-23 lead. Neal increased the BC lead to 26-23 after making a pair of shots at the charity stripe before Sowell hit another three for Erskine to even the score. The Flying Fleet broke a 28-28 tie with nine ticks left on the clock as Scott finished-off a layup to give her team a 30-28 lead heading into halftime.
Erskine opened the third quarter by going on an 8-0 run with Brown hitting all three of her shots from in the paint for the Flying Fleet. 3:51 would run off the clock before Barton got its first bucket to stop the Erskine run as Dean connected on a layup. That sparked a run for BC as Kimble finished the old-fashioned three-point play with 5:14 remaining to cut the deficit to 38-36. With less than two minutes left to play in the third quarter, BC found itself trailing 49-39, but used a rally to pull within three points following a three by Kimble with 30 seconds left. Erskine ended the quarter with a layup to take a 51-46 lead.
Neal knotted the score 51-51 early in the fourth quarter after earning an and-one following a foul on her layup. Neal would then give the Lady Bulldogs a 54-53 lead with 5:05 left in the quarter. Barton took its largest lead of the quarter as Kimble drained a three to make it 57-53. Erskine would respond, however, as Davis hit a three of her own to give the Flying fleet a 59-58 lead. It appeared that Erskine had the game secured with less than a minute remaining as Brown gave the Flying Fleet a 68-63 advantage. Neal started the rally for BC with 29 seconds left by draining a pair of free-throws to make it 68-65. Jones then followed with a layup after a steal by Neal and a nice pass from Dean to pull BC within a point. Kimble kept the Lady Bulldogs' hopes of winning within reason as her layup with seven seconds remaining evened the score 69-69.
With the game headed to overtime, the Flying Fleet took the quick 71-69 lead after a pair of free-throws. Erskine made two more shots at the line with less than four minutes remaining to up the lead to 73-69. Kimble then trimmed the deficit to 73-72 for BC after connecting on her third three-pointer of the game. Barton had a chance to knot the score once again with the last possession of overtime following a bucket by Brown. The comeback would fall just short as Kimble turned the ball over attempting a shot as time expired.
The Lady Bulldogs went 25-of-83 from the field in the contest and 19-of-27 from the free-throw line, while Erskine went 26-of-61 from the floor and 20-of-27 from the charity stripe. Both sides had trouble with turnovers in the contest as Erskine was charged with 26 and Barton with 24.
Barton continues its four-game homestand by hosting Emmanuel College in a Conference Carolinas matchup on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the Wilson Gym.