Barton routs Converse 103-53 in Wynn’s season debut

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Junior Kianna Wynn, in her 2017-18 debut, and redshirt senior Alex Kimble combined for 51 points to ignite the Barton College women’s basketball team to a 103-53 rout of NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas rival Converse (South Carolina) College on Saturday afternoon in Wilson Gym.

Wynn, who missed the first nine games because of team rules violations, responded with a double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Kimble drained seven accurate shots from 3-point range in a 25-point performance.

In their final appearance before the Christmas holidays, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-2 in the conference and 5-5 overall.

Barton registered a 50-point margin of victory for the first time since a 102-52 conquest at Converse on Jan. 7, 2012.

For the second straight game, head coach Wendee Saintsing’s team did not trail.

Wynn, a two-time all-conference performer and All-Southeast Region last season, immediately asserted her presence with the first four points. On the next possession, Wynn claimed an offensive rebound and kicked the ball out to Kimble for a successful 3-point try. Another Kimble 3-pointer sent Barton to a10-0 start.

The Valkyries crept as close as 16-10 before sophomore Summer Baer knocked down a 3-point shot for Barton. The Lady Bulldogs’ lead was always double digits following a Wynn putback for a 26-15 margin with 8 minutes, 48 seconds left in the second quarter.

Ahead 42-27 at halftime, Barton opened the second half with a 17-0 spree. The Lady Bulldogs shot for 56-percent accuracy (22 of 39) from the floor in outscoring Converse 61-25 the second half. The Valkyries shot for a paltry 17-percent (6 or 35) accuracy.

Senior Karimah Deans added 14 rebounds and six steals for Barton, while junior Dinah Neal notched 14 points and four assists.

Converse, 1-3 in the conference and 5-7 overall, was paced by Brianna James and Jordan Brooks with 10 points each.

Barton returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 4 p.m. at Fayetteville State University.