Wynn powers Lady Bulldogs by SWU

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CENTRAL, S.C. — Six-foot forward Kianna Wynn, a senior from Knightdale, moved into third place on the school’s all-time women’s basketball scoring list, in leading Barton College to a convincing 82-50 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas conquest of Southern Wesleyan in Tysinger Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

Wynn, accurate on 12-of-19 shots from the floor and each of her three free throws, scorched the nets for a game-high 27 points to boost her career total to 1,748 points — one ahead of former Fike High standout Shemkia Reid. 

Wynn is averaging a Lady Bulldogs-leading 23.4 points per game.

In their first road test of 2019, the Lady Bulldogs bounced back from Wednesday night’s haunting loss to conference foe Lees-McRae to improve to 4-3 in the league and 11-3 overall. 

Southern Wesleyan, loser of three straight, plunged to 1-4 and 6-7, respectively.

Joined by freshman Alexa Roberson and senior Dinah Neal in double-figures scoring, Wynn ignited Barton to a 25-8 first-quarter lead that grew to 45-15 at halftime. The stage was set for veteran head coach Wendee Saintsing to find playing time for 15 players. 

Barton’s biggest margin was 78-41 with 3:34 left.

Accurate on four attempts from 3-point range, Roberson bombed in 13 points and Neal, who hit 5-of-7 free throws, netted 11.

The Lady Bulldogs swished 31-of-65 shots from the floor for 47.7-percent accuracy and outscored the Lady Warriors 18-6 from 3-point range. 

Southern Wesleyan canned but 21-of-62 shots for 33.9 percent.

Barton ruled the rebounding 47-29 behind 10 recoveries from sophomore Shanika Peterkin, eight from Wynn and seven from reserve Zanah Boyd. 

The Lady Bulldogs committed just 10 turnovers.

With 10 points, Lisana Burnett was the only Lady Warriors to score in double figures.

The Lady Bulldogs continue conference play at home against King (Tennessee) University at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.