Lady Bulldogs not sharp but good enough

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Although not its sharpest, the Barton College women’s basketball team played well enough to post a 59-46 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas victory against Converse College on Tuesday night.

The Lady Bulldogs limited Converse to a mere 11 points in the first half en route to reaching the 20-win plateau against seven losses. Barton improved to 15-4 in the conference with a league test to end the regular season at archrival University of Mount Olive on Friday.

Despite the win, Barton was eliminated from the chase for the regular-season championship. Limestone (South Carolina) College clinched at 17-2. The Lady Bulldogs trail second-place Belmont Abbey (16-4) by a half-game.

Barton connected on just 21 of 63 shots from the floor for 33-percent accuracy and committed 18 turnovers. However, Converse, 5-14 in the league and 9-18 overall, shot for just 29-percent accuracy (16 of 55) and committed 24 turnovers.

Again struggling was senior Alex Kimble, Barton’s leading scorer, who hit just 1-of-11 shots from the floor and finished with three points.

Junior Kianna Wynn moved into a reserve role and flourished with 22 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Wynn swished 8-of-16 shots from the floor and 6-of-8 free throws.

Also scoring in double figures was senior Taura Jones with 12 points. Jones buried 4-of-8 attempts from 3-point range. Shanika Peterkin, a 6-foot freshman, contributed 11 rebounds, five blocks and seven points.

Leading Converse were Abigail Lewis with 11 points and Dominique Hill with 10.