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Get it out. Leave my house.
When on the floor, Barton College sophomore Shanika Peterkin has been nonverbally, albeit forcefully, communicating that message to NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas competition over the last two years.
Last year, while averaging 25.5 minutes per game, Peterkin’s 139 blocks were enough to lead the nation en route to the league’s Defensive Player of the Year honor — and that was all while overcoming bouts of foul trouble that served to take her off the floor at different intervals.
Fast forward to this season, and while Peterkin is a bit off last season’s block pace, her time on the floor has increased to 29 minutes per game.
However, she’s still the same imposing presence that opposing coaches must account for. Thus, Peterkin, who still leads the league with 100 blocked shots ahead of the Lady Bulldogs’ semifinal game with Belmont Abbey, repeated as Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday afternoon, as announced by the league office.
Peterkin, who currently ranks sixth in Division II in blocked shots per game, nearly averages a double-double at 9.5 points per game and 11.4 rebounds, a big reason why Barton (24-4), winners of 10 in a row, is outrebounding opponents by an average of 10 per game — a figure that stands eighth nationally. Already, Peterkin owns the Barton record for career blocked shots at 239 with the remainder of her sophomore season and two years of eligiility remaining. She tallied a triple-double on Nov. 19 against Elizabeth City State, compiling 12 points , 14 rebounds and 11 blocks.
In addition, senior Kianna Wynn was named to the league’s first team for the third time in her four seasons. She ranks second in Conference Carolinas in three different categories at 22.4 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per contest and shooting 54.5 percent from the field. With 12 double-doubles this season, Wynn’s 2,047 career points are second in Barton history.
Rounding out the first-team selctions were Felecity Havens of Mount Olive, Maria Kuhlman of Belmont Abbey, Lochlain Corliss of Emmnanuel and Schekinah Bimpa of Limestone. Peterkin was a second-team all-conference selection.
Havens was named the league’s Player of the Year, while King’s Trinity Lee was hailed as the Freshman of the Year. Emmanuel’s Mike Bona, in the Lions’ first year of awards and postseason eligibility, was named Coach of the Year.