by Cory Guinn
CENTRAL, S.C. – For the 21st consecutive season, the Barton College women's basketball team has earned a spot in the Conference Carolinas Tournament thanks to a 76-68 victory over Southern Wesleyan University on Wednesday night.
Barton evened its season record to 13-13 overall and improved to 11-8 in league play while dropping the Warriors to a 4-25 record and 1-18 mark in the conference. The victory for BC put the Lady Bulldogs' ahead by five wins over the eighth place team in the standings, securing the postseason berth.
All five starters scored in double figures for Barton led by sophomore Alex Kimble who totaled 16 points over a team-high 33 minutes of action. Sophomore Tatyana Jackson followed close behind with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor, including a 4-for-6 performance from deep, to go along with five rebounds.
Southern Wesleyan scored the first five points of the game and held the lead until Barton took a one-point lead with 3:19 left in the first quarter. Kimble made a three-pointer with one second remaining in the quarter to tie the score at 18-all.
Barton outscored Southern Wesleyan by eight points in the second quarter to lead 39-31 at intermission. After outscoring the Warriors by just three points in the third quarter of action, Barton's lead dwindled to a two-point advantage with just under five minutes remaining in the game.
The Lady Bulldogs closed the game on a 13-7 run over the final 4:51, making 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Barton hosts Belmont Abbey College on Saturday, February 20 at 2 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium in their next contest.