Barton women beat King for 8th straight win

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — With its eighth straight win, the Barton College women’s basketball team maintained a share of first place in NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas.

With senior forward Kianna Wynn held to a season-low six points, sophomore center Shanika Peterkin posted a double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds and three other Lady Bulldogs scored in double figures as Barton held off host King University, 78-72. The Lady Bulldogs, 22-4 overall, improved to 15-4 in conference games. Barton is tied with Belmont Abbey and Emmanuel, both of which won Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs finish the regular season Tuesday at Limestone while Abbey visits Emmanuel.

Barton took the lead for keeps on Alexa Roberson’s 3-pointer with 6:21 left in the second quarter. The lead got as big as 15 points midway the fourth quarter until the Tornado (14-12, 10-9 CC) fought back over the final five minutes of the game. Senior Dinah Neal was 6 of 12 from the field on her way to 14 points while Roberson added 12 points, all from behind the 3-point arc where she was 4 of 7. Freshman Akira Wiggins hit three 3-pointers as she finished with 11 points.

Wynn, held below double figures for the first time all season, did pull down nine rebounds in 28 minutes as the Lady Bulldogs dominated the Tornado on the boards, 50-31.

Kristen Cupples led King with 19 points.