by Cory Guinn
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team opened the 2015-16 season with a 75-62 loss to Queens University of Charlotte on Friday night in the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge.
Freshman Kianna Wynn made the most of her collegiate debut, leading all players with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor and 12 rebounds off of the bench. Junior Caila Carter also turned in a double-double for Barton, recording 12 points and 10 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end of the floor.
In the first quarter of play, Barton built an early lead of 14-11 following a three-pointer from redshirt-sophomore transfer Alex Kimble. Carter gave BC an 18-16 lead with a layup as time expired in the first quarter of play.
Sophomore Taura Jones made a three-pointer, followed by a layup from sophomore Tatyana Jackson as the Lady Bulldogs' lead extended to 23-16 early in the second quarter. Queens tied the game at 23-23 minutes later and closed out the second quarter on a 16-9 run for a seven-point lead at intermission.
Barton controlled the third quarter of action, outscoring Queens 20-13 thanks in large part to 14 points from Wynn, as the two teams were locked in a 52-52 stalemate entering the final quarter of regulation.
After trading layups to begin the fourth quarter, the Royals used a 12-4 run midway through the period to build an eight-point lead. BC was unable to gain any ground as Queens extended its advantage to a 15-point spread late in the game, leading to the 75-62 defeat of Barton.
The Royal Blue and White will conclude the SAC/Conference Carolinas Challenge tomorrow at 2 p.m. with a game against Catawba College.