Defense leads Lady Bulldogs to 87-51 victory over Lees-McRae

Sophomore Karimah Dean totaled 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's victory over Lees-McRae College in Wilson. | Photo by Brad Coville/Wilson Times
Sophomore Karimah Dean totaled 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's victory over Lees-McRae College in Wilson. | Photo by Brad Coville/Wilson Times

by Cory Guinn

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's basketball team forced 26 turnovers and held the Bobcats of Lees-McRae College to 25.5 percent shooting from the floor en route to an 87-51 victory on Tuesday night in Wilson Gymnasium.

The win broke a six-game losing streak for Barton (6-11, 4-6), which shot 50 percent from the floor as a team and committed just 11 turnovers. Lees-McRae (5-12, 4-6) had just 16 points in the paint as the Lady Bulldogs dominated the low post with 48 points in close.

Freshman Kianna Wynn led all scorers with 19 points in only 20 minutes of action to go along with a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore Karimah Dean finished with 11 points of her own, while junior Caila Carter and redshirt-sophomore Alex Kimble each totaled 10 points in the victory. All but one Lady Bulldog scored in the game as BC received 50 points from its bench compared to 17 reserve points for the Bobcats.

Barton scored the game's first five points on a free throw from freshman Dinah Neal and two baskets by Dean in the opening two minutes of play.

The BC lead grew to as large a margin as 21-5 with just over two minutes to play as the Lady Bulldogs held a 12-point lead after one quarter. Barton continued to roll into intermission, carrying a 39-26 lead into the halftime break.

In the third quarter of action, Barton's advantage extended to 62-30 after sophomore Tatyana Jackson completed a three-point play. The Lady Bulldogs scored 30 points in the quarter, their highest total in any one period this season.

Two baskets from junior Jasmine Fate put BC ahead by 40 on two separate occasion late in the game as the Royal Blue and White cruised to the 36-point win.

Barton will travel to Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday, January 23 for a 2 p.m. contest with the Valkyries of Converse College in their next contest.