Barton survives double overtime with 82-80 road win over Pfeiffer

Archived photo of sophomore Tatyana Jackson in a game against Pfeiffer from early December in Wilson. On Tuesday, Jackson totaled 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists to help lead BC past the Falcons in Misenheimer. Photo by Jahmoul Gordon
Archived photo of sophomore Tatyana Jackson in a game against Pfeiffer from early December in Wilson. On Tuesday, Jackson totaled 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists to help lead BC past the Falcons in Misenheimer. Photo by Jahmoul Gordon

by Cory Guinn

MISENHEIMER, N.C. A second half comeback forced overtime and allowed the Barton College women's basketball team to earn an 82-80 victory over Pfeiffer University on Tuesday night in Conference Carolinas action.

Barton improved to 7-11 overall and 5-6 in league play while dropping the Falcons to a 5-10 record and 4-7 mark in the conference. The victory for BC broke a tie in the league standings and helped the Lady Bulldogs move one spot ahead of the Falcons as the final month of the regular season draws near.

As a team, the Lady Bulldogs pulled down a season-high 64 rebounds, the team's highest total since pulling down 67 boards during the 2010-11 season. Barton hit 30 free throws in the contest, its highest total of the season, while holding Pfeiffer to 25.9 percent (7-of-27) shooting from long range.

Freshman Kianna Wynn led all players with 29 points and 16 rebounds for her ninth double-double performance of the year. Sophomore Tatyana Jackson finished with a career-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and nine assists, while fellow sophomore Karimah Dean turned in her first career double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed 17-12 after the opening quarter of play as an identical 17-12 tally in the second quarter in favor of Pfeiffer gave the Falcons a 10-point lead at intermission. 

BC was able to get within one point of the Pfeiffer lead with two minutes left in the third quarter following a jumper from Dean as the Falcon lead stood at 44-40 with just 10 minutes to play in regulation.

Pfeiffer extended its advantage to 52-40 early in the fourth quarter before BC fought back to take a 58-57 lead with 2:28 remaining on the clock. The Falcons quickly took the lead back following a jump shot from Lauren Janka just 30 seconds later. Wynn made a layup with 27 second remaining to give BC a one-point lead, however Pfeiffer made one-of-two free throws attempts to tie the score at 60-60 with 10 seconds left to force overtime.

The two teams scored 10 points each in the first overtime period as Pfeiffer held a three-point lead with 1:42 remaining before redshirt-sophomore Alex Kimble hit a three-pointer with under a minute to play leading to a second overtime period.

The Falcons once again took a three-point lead early in the second overtime as back-to-back layups from Wynn and Jackson put BC ahead by one. Two free throws from freshman Ciera Williams and another layup from Wynn gave Barton a five-point lead that proved to be too much to overcome. Pfeiffer nailed a three-pointer with 20 second left to pull within one point but missed a jumper as time expired to seal its fate.

Barton will host No. 5 Limestone College on Friday, January 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium before welcoming North Greenville University to town on Saturday, January 30 at 2 p.m.