BC women 2-0 after beating Catawba

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HICKORY — Behind another solid performance from junior guard Dinah Neal, the Barton College women’s basketball team defeated Catawba 58-49 on Saturday to become the only team to win both of its South Atlantic Conference/Conference Carolinas Challenge games in Shuford Memorial Coliseum on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus.

Neal, who had 23 points in Friday’s season-opening win over Lenoir-Rhyne, scored a game-high 21 points on Saturday as the Lady Bulldogs opened the season with back-to-back wins for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

“Dinah had a really good tournament, she just did things the defense allowed her to do,” said Barton head coach Wendee Saintsing. “She finished strong at the basket and was able to get to the foul line, too.”

Neal, who was 7 of 10 from the line, scored the first five points of the game and Barton never trailed.

“The main thing we did was take care of the basketball,” Saintsing said. “We didn’t shoot extremely well but neither did the teams we played.”

Barton committed 18 turnovers to 19 by Catawba (1-1) but that only resulted in 11 Indians points. Meanwhile Barton made 40 percent (20 of 50) of its field-goal attempts to Catawba’s 29 percent (17 of 58).

Neal was complemented by senior point guard Tatyana Jackson with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Senior forward Alex Kimble had nine points and six rebounds.

Barton will host Coker on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Lady Bulldogs’ season debut in Wilson Gym.