NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 6 Barton vs No. 3 North Georgia

NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 6 Barton vs No. 3 North Georgia

by Doug Page


JEFFERSON CITY, TENN. – After capturing the 2018 Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Tournament Championship on its home floor, the Barton College Bulldogs will be the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Southeast Region Tournament hosted by Carson-Newman University.

The Eagles of Carson-Newman (29-2) are the No. 1 overall seed in the region after winning the South Atlantic Conference Championship.

Barton (23-8) is one of two Conference Carolinas to make the Southeast Regional as Limestone College (23-5) earned the No. 5 seed.

Included below are details about Barton's first-round matchup with nationally-ranked No. 24 University of North Georgia as well as a link to live coverage of the event and an NCAA Tournament Central page covering all information regarding the eight-team bracket.

When: Friday, March 9 at 12 p.m.

Where: Holt Fieldhouse at Carson-Newman University

Tickets: $5 for adults, $4 for students (with ID), senior citizens and military veterans

NCAA Tournament Central (includes tournament bracket, schedule and visitor's guide)

Live Stream

Live Stats

NCAA Digital Program


• The Nighthawks claimed their first conference tournament championship since becoming an NCAA member institution. North Georgia played for the Peach Belt Conference Championship in 2013 but lost to Clayton State.

• Abbie Franklin was named the PBC Freshman of the Year, while Amber Skidgel, Vanessa Agrusa, and Deana Blankinship were all selected to the PBC All-Conference teams.

• Barton Freshman Shanika Peterkin was voted as the Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Bulldogs in blocks (130) and blocked shots per game (4.2). Peterkin leads all NCAA Division II players in both blocks and blocks per game.

• Redshirt senior Alex Kimble guided the Bulldogs offensively for a majority of the season and was rewarded with first-team honors. Kimble topped the 20-point mark nine times and crossing the 30-point mark twice. Kimble set a career-high in scoring after dropping 37 points at home against Southern Wesleyan on Senior Day to lead the Lady Bulldogs to an 83-62 victory.

• Junior Kianna Wynn was selected to the second team despite playing in only 22 games for Barton. She has topped the 20-point mark on eight occasions this season, including a streak of four-consecutive games from Dec. 16-Jan. 5. Wynn scored a season-high 35 points for BC in an 85-75 victory over Lees-McRae in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.