by Doug Page
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team erased an early first-quarter deficit to rally for a 66-48 victory on Saturday against Fayetteville State University in a non-conference matchup. The Lady Bulldogs received a game-high 21 points from junior Kianna Wynn.
The Lady Bulldogs (6-5) shot 54.3 percent from the floor in the contest as they recorded their third-straight double-digit victory. Fayetteville State (4-6) struggled to get any offense going in the second quarter as the Broncos shot just 2-of-9 from the floor.
Wynn went 8-of-17 from the floor while adding eight rebounds for Barton. Redshirt senior Alex Kimble connected on both of BC's three-pointers in the contest, going 2-of-3 from downtown. Kimble tallied 14 points to go along with a game-high five assists. Senior Karimah Dean scored 13 points and pulled down eight boards, while freshman Shanika Peterkin added seven points, two blocks and a game-high nine rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.
The Broncos were led by Breona Jones' 12-point performance as she finished the game 5-of-12 from the floor. Shantel Bennett went a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe and 3-of-8 from the floor to record 11 points for FSU, while Yakima Clifton added seven points before fouling out.
FSU found itself with a 7-1 lead following a layup by Jones with 6:29 left in the first quarter. The Broncos seemed to have the Lady Bulldogs on their heels until Dean trimmed the deficit to 7-4 with 5:45 remaining. Barton continued to trim the FSU lead as Kimble went 1-of-2 at the line to make it 7-5. Wynn would even the score at 7-7 with her layup after Kimble got an offensive rebound off an initially missed layup by Wynn. The Lady Bulldogs kept their run going with time winding down in the quarter as Wynn hit a jumper along with a free-throw to make it 13-7 with 2:03 left.
Peterkin upped the BC lead to 15-7 before FSU ended its scoring drought with a layup from Jones with just over a minute left to play. Peterkin would add another bucket as BC stretched its lead to eight points at 17-9. Noni Kuumba hit the final bucket of the quarter as her layup with 30 ticks left trimmed the Barton lead to 17-11. The Lady Bulldogs used a 14-2 run midway through the quarter to change the momentum of the game as FSU went 5:07 without a bucket.
Barton quickly stretched its lead to 21-14 in the second quarter as Kimble and Wynn made back-to-back layups with 8:36 remaining. Both teams would then go scoreless over the next two-plus minutes before Wynn made a layup for the Lady Bulldogs to make it 25-14 with 4:53 left. Clifton trimmed the deficit for FSU to 30-18 with a jumper, only to see Barton end the quarter on an 8-0 run. A pair of seniors capped-off the run for BC as Taura Jones converted a layup with 44 seconds left, while Tatyana Jackson made a jumper with five seconds left to send BC into the half with a 38-18 lead.
Both teams played an evenly-matched third quarter, scoring 11 points each. Barton saw a majority of its scoring come from the charity stripe, going 5-of-10 from the line as the Lady Bulldogs went just 3-of-7 from the floor. The Broncos went 5-of-18 in the quarter as they looked to claw their way back into the game, despite getting into foul trouble. BC tallied its final points of the quarter at the free-throw line as Dean and Peterkin each went 1-of-2 to give the Lady Bulldogs a 49-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Broncos used a 6-0 run to trim the BC lead to 49-35 early in the fourth quarter as Jones made a jumper with 8:11 left. Kimble ended the run as she drilled a three-ball with 7:10 left on the clock to make it 52-35 Barton. Leading 63-41, Kimble would connect on her second trey of the game to give BC a 66-41 lead with 1:56 remaining. FSU ended the game with a valiant effort in trying to stage a comeback, using a 7-0 run to trim the gap to 66-48. Michelle Gainey started the run by hitting a trey with 1:43 left. Bennett then scored the final four points for FSU before time would run-out for the Broncos.
Barton out-rebounded FSU 38-24 in the contest and went 14-of-28 at the free-throw line, while Fayetteville State went 10-of-13. The Lady Bulldogs committed 25 turnovers in the game and recorded just one steal, while FSU committed 22 turnovers and tallied nine steals. Barton shot 54.3 percent from the floor in the game, while the Broncos shot 32.1 percent (18-of-56).
Barton starts the 2018 portion of its schedule with a trip to Shaw University on Tues. Jan. 2. Tip-off against the Bears is slated for 6 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs return home on Fri. Jan. 5 as they host Conference Carolinas foe Lees-McRae College at 5:30 p.m. inside Wilson Gym.