by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team used a dominant third quarter to claim an 81-68 Conference Carolinas victory over visiting Lees-McRae College and its fifth straight victory Friday at Wilson Gymnasium.
The two teams reached halftime tied at 30-all, but the Lady Bulldogs (8-5, 3-2) outscored LMC 36-17 in the third period to take control of the contest.
Barton collected 11 offensive rebounds and went 16 of 20 (.800) from the foul line in the quarter while limiting the Lady Bobcats (4-7, 1-4) to just 4 of 15 (.267) shooting from the floor.
Freshman Shanika Peterkin scored eight points in a span of less than two and a half minutes of the quarter and collected six rebounds in the period, three on the offensive glass.
The effort was part of a breakout moment for the 6-2 center from Virginia Beach, Va., who posted career highs of 14 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks.
Wynn finished the contest with a game-high 24 points and six rebounds. Kimble recorded 20 points overall, while Jackson contributed nine rebounds and a team-high six assists.
Lees-McRae was paced by 13 points off the bench from Karli Mason, most of those scored on a trio of 3-pointers. Markia Stacey chipped in 10 points and a game-high seven assists, and Mackenzie Blankenship also reached double-figures with 10. Brea Forbes was LMC's top rebounder with seven.
After a tight first quarter that ended with Barton up 15-14, the Lady Bobcats scored the first eight points of the second period to take their biggest lead of the night, seven points, at 22-15. BC didn't score in the frame until a Kimble 3-pointer with 4:52 left, and still trailed by seven with 3:28 to go before intermission.
Consecutive baskets by Wynn with three minutes remaining kick-started a 10-0 run for the Lady Bulldogs that put BC up 30-27 before Mason hit a late 3-pointer to send the game to the break tied at 30.
Peterkin scored the first points of the third quarter for Barton on an old-fashioned three-point play after an offensive putback. The Lady Bulldogs led by the same three-point margin at 37-34 when Peterkin repeated the process, scoring after earning one of her 10 offensive rebounds on the night and adding a free throw to put BC up 40-34. She added a layup after yet another offensive board on the next possession, and the Lady Bulldogs began to pull away towards their fifth straight win.
Barton only shot 33 percent from the field in the game (23 of 69) and was minus-eight in turnover margin (13-21), but enjoyed a whopping 65 to 33 rebounding advantage and sparkled at the foul line, making 31 of 36 (86 percent).
The Lady Bulldogs return to the court tomorrow for a 2 p.m. home matchup with King University.