by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – Redshirt senior Alex Kimble poured in 29 points and freshman Shanika Peterkin added a triple-double of 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 blocked shots as Barton College downed rival University of Mount Olive, 90-79, in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball battle Wednesday at Wilson Gymnasium.
The win was Barton's seventh straight, and gave the Lady Bulldogs (10-5, 5-2) sole possession of third place in the league. The loss dropped Mount Olive (6-9, 4-3) into fourth place.
Kimble, a resident of Virginia Beach, Va., surpassed the 20-point plateau for the fourth straight game and fifth time in her last six outings. She drained five 3-pointers in the contest, her fourth straight game with four or more.
Peterkin, also from Virginia Beach, was a dominant inside presence, swatting away six shots in the third quarter alone as the Lady Bulldogs began to separate themselves from the Trojans. Peterkin now has three straight games of double-figure rebounds and three straight games with at least six blocks.
Barton needed all those efforts to help offset the play of Mount Olive guard Ni'Ya Styles. The 5-0 guard scorched the nets for 14 points in the first quarter alone, 26 in the first half and 35 for the game. Her five 3-pointers in the game helped her become Mount Olive's career leader in 3-pointers made.
Felecity Havens added 22 points for the Trojans, going over the 1,000-point plateau for her career in the process, and collected a team-high 10 rebounds. Hope Toliver tossed in 12 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
Mount Olive held a 25-20 lead after Styles' dominant first quarter, and Barton enjoyed a slim 49-45 halftime cushion. The margin was still four points at 55-51 when a layup by Kimble, consecutive layups by Peterkin and a layup by Dinah Neal comprised an 8-0 Barton run that put the Lady Bulldogs ahead by double-digits for the first time, 63-51.
The Trojans chopped the deficit to seven at 65-58 on a layup by Havens with 2:17 left in the quarter, but a free throw by Karimah Dean, a steal and layup by Neal, and a layup by Peterkin made up another 5-0 run that put BC back up by double-digits, this time to stay.
Barton shot 51 percent from the field in the game (38 of 74), including 47 percent from 3-point range (9 of 19), while holding Mount Olive to 42 percent in both categories. The Trojans enjoyed a six-rebound edge (44 to 38), while BC held a one-turnover edge (9 to 10).
The contest ended a three-game homestand for the Lady Bulldogs. Barton will play its next three contests on the road, beginning with a 2 p.m. game on Saturday at North Greenville University.