Barton women’s basketball keeps rolling, 87-60 over Lees-McRae for seventh consecutive victory

Barton senior forward Brianna Wynn scored 22 points and crossed the 2,000-point mark in the Bulldogs’ 87-60 road win over Lees-McRae.  Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus
Barton senior forward Brianna Wynn scored 22 points and crossed the 2,000-point mark in the Bulldogs’ 87-60 road win over Lees-McRae. Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Barton women's basketball team (21-4, 14-4) stayed hot with an impressive 87-60 victory over Lees-McRae (12-13, 8-9) Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action at Williams Gymnasium.

Senior forward Kianna Wynn (Knightdale, N.C.) led all scorers with 22 points in addition to 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who won their seventh straight game and remained a half-game up on Emmanuel (Ga.) and Belmont Abbey in the league regular season standings.

Wynn also crossed the 2,000-point mark for her career – she now has 2,012 points total – and joins Teasha Murphy (2,160 points), Karen Edmonds (2,029) and Nyeshea Willie (2,011) in the Bulldogs' exclusive club.  Wynn is the reigning U.S. Writers Association D-II National and Conference Carolinas Women's Player of the Week as well.

Barton sophomore center Shanika Peterkin (Virginia Beach, Va.) also notched a double-double – 19 points and 13 rebounds – to go along four blocks as the Bulldogs avenged an earlier loss to the Bobcats:  a 79-65 setback at home on Wednesday, January 2.  Peterkin also increased her league-leading block total to 93.

Lees-McRae's Brea Forbes (Freeport, BAHAMAS) finished with a team-high 20 points but the Bobcats shot just 28 percent (21-of-75) for the contest while Barton held a 57-36 edge in rebounding.   The Bulldogs raced to a 38-18 advantage at halftime and never looked back on their way to the victory.

Barton returns to the court on Saturday, February 23, to take on King (Tenn.) in Bristol, Tenn., beginning at 2:00 p.m., while Lees-McRae hosts Erskine in a league contest on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.