by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team jumped out to a 5-0 start and never trailed in claiming a 76-50 Conference Carolinas victory over visiting Emmanuel College on Saturday in Wilson Gymnasium.
The Lady Bulldogs (4-5, 1-2) outscored the Lions 42-16 in the paint and 18-0 on the fast break in earning their first league win of the young season.
Junior Dinah Neal poured in 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 shooting from the line to pace Barton. Senior Karimah Dean added 16 points and redshirt senior Alex Kimble tacked on 11 points. Shanika Peterkin set a new high for her freshman season with 13 rebounds, and senior Tatyana Jackson matched her season-high with six assists.
Emmanuel (4-3, 2-2) was paced by Mikayla Trombley, who collected 11 points.
After falling behind right out of the gate, the Lions closed to within 9-6 on a free throw by Avery Scarborough with 4:56 left in the first quarter. However, Emmanuel went scoreless the rest of the period, and Barton went on a 9-0 run, the final six points scored by Dean.
Barton led 23-8 in the second quarter when the Lions roared back behind Trombley, who had seven points in the period, and Jenesai Mohammed, who added five in the frame. Emmanuel closed within three at 25-22 on a 3-pointer by Trombley with 1:54 to go before intermission, but Neal made a free throw and Kimble added a 3-pointer to push the BC lead back to seven, 29-22.
After going to the break trailing by five, 29-24, Emmanuel used a jumper by Scarborough to pull back within three once more, 29-26, but Neal scored the game's next four points for Barton. Trombley trimmed the deficit back to six at 34-28 on a pair of free throws, but the Lions didn't score over the game's next three minutes, and Barton went on an 11-0 run to put the game away.
Barton forced Emmanuel into 24 turnovers while committing just 12, and limited the Lions to 32 percent shooting from the field (16 of 50), including 22 percent from behind the 3-point line (4 of 18).
The Lady Bulldogs return to action next Saturday when they host Converse College in a 2 p.m. league matchup. The contest is the last one in a four-game homestand for Barton, and the final one at home until January.