Barton women’s basketball outlasts rival Mount Olive, 85-82

Barton sophomore center Shanika Peterkin finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks in an 85-82 win over Mount Olive Tuesday at home.  Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus
Barton sophomore center Shanika Peterkin finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks in an 85-82 win over Mount Olive Tuesday at home. Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton women's basketball team (20-4, 13-4) increased its winning streak to six games with an 85-82 win over rival Mount Olive (14-8, 10-6) Tuesday evening at Wilson Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs were led by senior forward Kianna Wynn (Knightdale, N.C.) with 29 points – including 20 in the second half – as Barton moved into sole possession of first place in the league standings, a half-game ahead of Emmanuel (Ga.) and Belmont Abbey.  Wynn ranks third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,990 points.  Earlier in the day, Wynn was named the U.S. Writers Association NCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Player of the Week.

Sophomore center Shanika Peterkin (Virginia Beach, Va.) neared another triple-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots as Barton swept the season series from Mount Olive.  Peterkin also increased her conference-leading block total to 89.

Mount Olive's Felecity Havens (Lorain, Ohio), the league's leading scorer, finished with a game-high 35 points and Jada Bacchus (Wilmington, N.C.) added 20 points in the losing effort.  The Trojans rallied from a 13-point deficit – 56-43 with 6:12 left in the third period – to take the lead late in the contest but the Bulldogs recovered for the victory.

Trailing by a 74-73 score, Barton junior guard Summer Baer (Fleming Island, Fla.) hit the game-winning three with 2:37 left.  Both teams shot 50 percent from the field while the Bulldogs held a 39-29 advantage on the boards.

The next slate of Conference Carolinas games will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., with Barton traveling to Banner Elk, N.C., to face Lees-McRae while Mount Olive travels to Spartanburg, S.C., to take on Converse.