Barton women’s basketball downs North Greenville, 63-45, for third consecutive victory

Senior guard Dinah Neal scored 16 points in Barton’s 63-45 road victory over North Greenville Saturday in Tigerville, S.C.  Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus
Senior guard Dinah Neal scored 16 points in Barton’s 63-45 road victory over North Greenville Saturday in Tigerville, S.C. Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus

TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Barton women's basketball team (13-3, 6-3) notched its third consecutive victory with a 63-45 Conference Carolinas triumph over North Greenville (4-12, 3-6) Saturday afternoon at Hayes Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs were led by senior forward Kianna Wynn (Knightdale, N.C.) with 21 points while senior guard Dinah Neal (Browns Summit, N.C.) added 16 points, five assists and five rebounds in the victory.  Wynn, the team's leading scoring (24.2 ppg), now has 1,804 points for her collegiate career (third-best all-time in school history).

Barton's defense was key in the contest as the visitors limited the Crusaders to just 27 percent shooting (16-of-59) and forced North Greenville into 19 turnovers in sweeping the season series.  The Crusaders, losers of three straight games, were led by Karen Donehew (Knoxville, Tenn.) with 13 points but was the lone player to score in double figures for North Greenville.

The Bulldogs held a 41-38 lead with 2:30 remaining in the third period before reeling off 11 straight points over the final two periods to take control capped off by a jump shot from Wynn.  Barton outscored North Greenville by a 17-7 margin in the final stanza as well.

Neal was also clutch from the free throw line – converting on 10-of-12 attempts – while Barton also limited North Greenville to just two treys on 16 shots (13 percent) in the win.

Barton remains on the road to take on Conference Carolinas and long-time rival Mount Olive on Wednesday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m.  North Greenville, meanwhile, travels to Due West, S.C., to face Erskine in a league contest Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., as well.