INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Barton women's basketball team (24-5) punched its second straight ticket to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament and will face Anderson (29-2) on Friday in the opening round at 5:00 p.m., at the Abney Athletic Center in Anderson, S.C.
The Bulldogs are the eighth seed in the tournament while the Trojans – the host school – are the top seed. Anderson is the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions while running through the league regular season with a perfect record of 20-0. The Trojans are also ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II.
Barton – the 2018-19 Conference Carolinas Regular Season Co-Champions – is led by its frontcourt tandem of senior forward Kianna Wynn (Knightdale, N.C.) and sophomore center Shanika Peterkin (Virginia Beach, Va.).
Wynn earned first-team all-league honors this year for the third time and ranks second in the conference in scoring at 21.9 points per game in addition to 9.6 rebounds per contest. The four-time league player of the week this season also ranks second all-time on school's scoring list with 2,056 points.
Peterkin – a second-team all-league honoree – currently ranks first in the league in both rebounding (11.0 rpg) and blocked shots (3.4 bpg) while averaging 9.5 points per contest. Peterkin is Barton's all-time leader in blocked shots (239). The Bulldogs are also anchored by senior guard Dinah Neal (Browns Summit, N.C.), who averages 11.3 points per game and has a team-leading 134 assists. Neal also crossed the 1,000-point mark for her career earlier in the week.
Anderson has won 27 straight games and is led by Alexy Mollenhauer (Lindale, Texas) - the 2018-19 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year – and Ace Easter (Maiden, N.C.), a first-team all-league honoree who averages 17.1 points per contest. The Trojans are also 15-0 at home this year.
The two squads haven't played since February 20, 2010, an 84-71 victory by the Bulldogs when the Trojans were still part of the Conference Carolinas.
2019 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament
Anderson, S.C. – Abney Athletic Center
March 15-16, 18
Anderson University, host school
QUARTERFINALS – Friday, March 15
Game 1: No. 3 Wingate (22-8) vs. No. 6 Clayton State (21-9), Noon
Game 2: No. 2 North Georgia (27-4) vs. No. 7 Emmanuel (Ga.) (23-6), 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 1 Barton (24-5) vs. No. 8 Anderson (29-2), 5:00 p.m.
Game 4: No. 4 Carson-Newman (22-7) vs. No. 5 Lander (22-8), 7:30 p.m.
SEMIFINALS – Saturday, March 16
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5:00 p.m.
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.
FINALS – Monday, March 18
Game 7: Championship, 7:00 p.m.