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BANNER ELK — One down and two to go.
To claim at least a share of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas regular-season championship, the Barton College women’s basketball team must register three consecutive road victories.
The Lady Bulldogs passed the first test Saturday, prevailing 87-60 against Lees-McRae College on Saturday.
The seventh consecutive win kept head coach Wendee Saintsing’s Barton squad in first place by a half-game against Emmanuel (Georgia) College and Belmont Abbey at 14-4. The Lady Bulldogs stand 21-4 overall, while Lees-McRae sank to 8-9 and 12-13, respectively.
Kianna Wynn, a 6-foot senior, and 6-2 sophomore Shanika Peterkin posted double-doubles as the Lady Bulldogs claimed revenge. Barton took command by rolling to a 38-18 halftime cushion.
Wynn, the reigning U.S. Writers Association Division II National and Conference Carolinas Women’s Player of the Week, drilled in a game-high 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Wynn also surpassed the 2,000-point career plateau, boosting her total to 2,012. She joins Teasha Murphy (2,160), Karen Edmonds (2,029) and Nyeshea Willie (2,011) in the exclusive club.
Peterkin responded with 19 points and 13 rebounds. She also blocked four shots and leads the conference with 93 blocks.
Barton next sees action Saturday in Bristol, Tennessee, against King.