by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team used a 29-point fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat the Falcons of Pfeiffer University 66-63 on Saturday afternoon in Wilson Gymnasium.
Barton (5-5, 3-1) opened the game on a 13-4 run to build an early lead before a seven-minute scoring drought allowed Pfeiffer (1-4, 1-3) to surge into a 17-13 lead with 8:17 remaining in the second quarter. The Falcons carried a 29-21 advantage into the halftime break.
Pfeiffer outscored Barton 17-16 in the third period, leaving just one quarter to play and the Lady Bulldogs down by nine points.
BC opened the final period with a 14-3 run over the first five minutes to take a two-point lead before the Falcons tied the game at 51-51 with a layup from Ariana Tillman. Barton regained the lead for good on a layup from sophomore Karimah Dean with 3:08 to play as fellow sophomore Tatyana Jackson made 5-of-8 free throw attempts in the final three minutes to seal the win for the Lady Bulldogs.
The Barton defense was able to force 15 Falcon turnovers while shooting 41.9 percent as a team from the field in the game. BC held Pfeiffer's leading scorer Safia Sheikh (14.5 points per game) to just six points in the contest.
Jackson scored 14 points to go along with a season-high eight assists as redshirt-sophomore Alex Kimble also totaled 14 points in the winning effort. Freshman Kianna Wynn scored 12 points of her own, shooting 6-for-8 from the floor, while junior Caila Carter finished with 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds in 21 minutes off of the bench.
Barton will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. on Thursday, Dec. 17 for a non-conference tilt with Winston-Salem State University in its final game of the fall semester.