by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – The struggles continue for the Barton College women's basketball team as the Lady Bulldogs fell 68-66 to Belmont Abbey College on Saturday afternoon in the Wheeler Center.
Belmont Abbey (7-8, 6-3) shot 52.7 percent from the field as a team and held a decisive 40-26 advantage in total rebounds. In contrast, Barton (5-11, 3-6) shot 46.8 from the floor and forced 20 turnovers in the team's sixth straight loss.
Barton began the game pushing the tempo and getting out to a 9-4 lead with 6:21 left to play in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldog lead grew a 10-point advantage with 2:16 to play in the period following a jump shot from freshman Dinah Neal as BC held a 24-16 advantage after the opening 10 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, Belmont Abbey outscored Barton 17-11 but the Lady Bulldogs held on for a 35-33 advantage at intermission.
The Lady Bulldogs responded in the third quarter by building their lead to a six-point advantage with just over three minutes to play, however, Belmont Abbey ended the period on a 7-1 run to tie the game up at 51-51 with one quarter to play.
Belmont Abbey built a five-point lead before a three-pointer from redshirt- sophomore Alex Kimble brought BC within two points with 1:20 remaining on the game clock. Neither team was able to score in the final minute of action as sophomore Karimah Dean narrowly missed a layup to tie the game as time expired.
Kimble matched her season-high with 19 points to go along with three steals, as Neal scored a season-high 15 points on a 6-for-11 shooting performance. Dean rounded out the double-digit scorers for Barton as she finished with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Barton will host Lees-McRae College on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in their next contest.