by Cory Guinn
DUE WEST, S.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team committed 33 turnovers, the program's most since the 2010-11 season, leading to a 68-63 defeat at the hands of Erskine College on Tuesday night in Belk Arena.
The loss was Barton's sixth straight against Erskine dating back to the 2013-14 season as the Lady Bulldogs fell to 5-7 overall and 3-2 in Conference Carolinas play. The Flying Fleet picked up its first win of the season to improve to 1-8 and 1-3 in the league.
Freshman Kianna Wynn finished with a career-high 30 points, making 11-of-16 shots from the floor and 8-of-11 attempts from the free throw line. The Knightdale, N.C. resident also totaled a season-high 14 rebounds for her seventh double-double performance of the season. Sophomore Karimah Dean chipped in nine points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes off of the bench.
Barton held a 22-21 lead after the first quarter of play as Wynn opened the game scoring 13 points in just nine minutes of action. BC once again outscored Erskine in the second quarter to hold a 28-26 lead heading to the halftime break.
Erskine limited the Lady Bulldogs to 13 points in the third quarter to take a one-point lead, securing the win with a 16-12 advantage in the fourth and final period. Barton was able to get within two-points of the Erskine lead late in the action but a three-pointer with 49 seconds left put the Fleet ahead by five points. Erskine made three of four free throws in the final 22 seconds to seal the victory.
The Royal Blue and White will continue its current three-game road trip as the team travels to Tigerville, S.C. on Friday, January 8 for a 5:30 p.m. matchup with North Greenville University.