Top-seeded Anderson escapes Barton, 69-66, in overtime in women’s basketball playoffs opener

Barton sophomore Shanika Peterkin finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds in a 69-66 loss to Anderson in Southeast Regional Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday.  Photo by Bart Boatwright
Barton sophomore Shanika Peterkin finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds in a 69-66 loss to Anderson in Southeast Regional Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday. Photo by Bart Boatwright

ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson women's basketball team (30-2) rallied from a seven-point deficit to beat Barton (24-6), 69-66, in overtime Friday evening in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2019 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament at the Abney Athletic Center.

The Trojans – winners of 28 straight games – are top seed in the tournament and ranked No. 15 in the nation while the Bulldogs were seeded eighth overall.  Anderson will now take on the winner on fourth-seeded Carson-Newman (22-7) and fifth-seeded Lander (22-8) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in the semifinals.

Anderson's Alexy Mollenhauer (Lindale, Texas) – the 2018-19 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year – finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Trojans rallied from a 58-51 deficit with 5:53 left in the contest for the win.  Mollenhauer hit a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to force overtime with the contest tied at 60. 

In the extra frame, the Trojans' Taylor Hair (Orlando, Fla.) gave the home team the lead for good at 67-66 with 1:20 left with a lay-up and Anderson held Barton off the scoreboard the rest of the way.  Anderson's Ace Easter (Maiden, N.C.) added 17 points and 10 rebounds as well.

Barton senior forward Kianna Wynn (Knightdale, N.C.) finished with a game-high 24 points while sophomore center Shanika Peterkin (Virginia Beach, Va.) tallied a double-double – 21 points and 16 rebounds – in addition to three blocks in the losing effort.  Wynn finished her collegiate career with 2,090 points, second-best all-time in school history.

The free throw line was also a difference in the contest, as the Trojans hit 20-of-24 attempts (83 percent) while the Bulldogs connected on just seven-of-17 from the charity stripe.  Barton was making its second straight appearance in the playoffs.

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