by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – Redshirt senior Alex Kimble dropped a career-best 37 points for the Barton College women's basketball on Saturday as the Lady Bulldogs handed the Warriors an 83-62 defeat while honoring its senior class following the contest.
The Lady Bulldogs (17-6, 12-3) used a big third quarter performance to win their third straight Conference Carolinas matchup and improve their record inside Wilson Gymnasium to 9-2 this season. Southern Wesleyan (6-15, 5-10) held a brief lead over BC early in the first quarter of play but the play of Barton senior Karimah Dean helped to change the tone of the contest as the Lady Bulldogs would lead for the rest of the game.
Kimble finished the game 12-of-19 from the field, including a 7-for-11 effort from downtown. Kimble also recorded six rebounds while going 6-of-7 at the free-throw line. Dean scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half for Barton, going 6-of-6 from the field. After taking a 10-9 lead with 3:27 left in the first quarter, Dean scored six-straight points to give Barton a 16-9 advantage and cap-off an 8-0 run for the Lady Bulldogs. Senior Tatyana Jackson matched a career-best with 10 assists in the contest for BC while adding two rebounds and a pair of steals. Senior Taura Jones scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting from the floor to go along with three boards and one block. Senior Jasmine Fate went 1-of-3 from the field as all five Barton seniors made their way onto the scoresheet in the contest.
Tatiyana Mahone went for a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down 10 boards for the Warriors. Mahone finished the game 7-of-17 from the field while adding two assists, two blocks, and two steals. Breanna Richardson added 11 points for Southern Wesleyan, while Noelle van Zadelhoff tallied six points to go along with seven rebound, and three blocks.
Kimble started her night by draining a three for the Lady Bulldogs with 9:15 left in the quarter and would sink another three with just over six minutes left to up the BC lead to 8-4. The score would hold over the next two minutes of play until Aneysa Williams hit a three for the Warriors to trim the deficit to 8-7. Richardson earned a pair of shots at the charity stripe and would hit both to give Southern Wesleyan the 9-8 lead. The lead would last for just five seconds as junior Kianna Wynn finished a layup to put the Lady Bulldogs back on top 10-9. The ensuing 6-0 run would put BC up 16-9 on the scoreboard with 1:20 left to play. Richardson hit a pair of free-throws to close the quarter and trim the BC lead to 19-13.
Dean would give Barton a 21-13 advantage early in the second quarter after hitting a jumper. Barton took its first double-digit lead of the contest with 7:02 left to play as junior Dinah Neal made a layup to make it 27-17. Later in the quarter, Denisha Hall would sink a three to put her team within nine points of BC. Richardson recorded the final bucket of the half for Southern Wesleyan as her layup with 47 seconds remaining made it 34-26.
Barton had a big push offensively to open the third quarter as the Lady Bulldogs used a 14-2 run to open a 48-28 lead and force the Warriors to call a timeout. Following the timeout, Kimble and the Lady Bulldogs kept their foot on the gas pedal as she connected on a three to give Barton a 23-point edge on the scoreboard.
Moving to the fourth quarter with a comfortable lead, BC took its largest lead of the contest at the 9:24 mark as Kimble sank another three to make it 72-42. The Warriors would respond with a 7-0 run to chip into the deficit before Kimble used an old-fashioned three-point play to end the run with 6:40 left in the contest. Southern Wesleyan closed the game on an 11-4 run over the final 4:28 of action.
Barton shot 42.7 percent (32-of-75) in the game and 32 percent (8-of-25) from downtown, while the Warriors shot 32.4 percent (23-of-71) in the game and 30 percent (3-of-10) from downtown. The Lady Bulldogs went 13-of-18 from the field in the third quarter, while Southern Wesleyan went 6-of-21 from the field. The Warriors outscored BC 22-17 in the fourth quarter, going 9-of-19 from the floor. Barton held a 38-34 advantage in points inside the paint and tallied 19 points off 15 Southern Wesleyan turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs recorded 55 rebounds as a team, while the Warriors recorded 38 rebounds.
Barton plays its final five regular-season games on the road, beginning with a matchup against league leader Belmont Abbey on Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m.