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.