Lady Bulldogs use second half comeback to defeat Coker, 73-64, in overtime

by Cory Guinn

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team scored 51 points in the second half and overtime to overcome a double-digit halftime deficit and defeat Coker College 73-64 on Thursday night in the DeLoach Center.

The Lady Bulldogs (2-2) trailed by just four points after the opening quarter of play but Coker (1-3) outscored Barton 18-8 in the second period to build a 36-22 advantage at intermission.

After intermission, freshman Kianna Wynn and redshirt-sophomore transfer Alex Kimble combined for 15 of the teams 21 third quarter points to cut the Coker lead to just five points with one quarter to play.

Back-to-back fourth quarter baskets from Wynn and Kimble gave Barton its first lead since the 5:11 mark of the first quarter as the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Cobras 10-5 in the final 10 minutes of regulation to even the score at 53-53 and force extra time.

Sophomore transfer Karimah Dean opened the overtime period with a layup, followed by a layup from Kimble to build a four-point lead for BC. Barton made eight free throws in the final 1:33 of the game to seal the victory as Coker was forced to foul in order to preserve the clock and slow down the Lady Bulldog offense.

As a team, Barton shot 40.6 from the floor and held the Cobras to 32.4 percent shooting while forcing 31 turnovers. BC turned those miscues into 30 points off of turnovers and held a 32-24 advantage in points in the paint.

Wynn led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor and a 5-for-8 performance from the free throw line. The Knightdale, N.C. native also collected a game-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

Kimble followed with 19 points of her own and four steals in 43 minutes of action, while Dean was the final Lady Bulldog to score in double figures with 11 points and six rebounds.

Barton will have the weekend off in preparation for its first Conference Carolinas matchup of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 24 in Bristol, Tenn. against the Tornado of King University at 5:30 p.m.