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Behind a monster performance from 6-foot senior Kianna Wynn, the Barton College women’s basketball team continued to rebound against NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas opposition with a 72-53 triumph against King (Tennessee) University in Wilson Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.
Wynn, the Lady Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 23-plus points per game, poured in 35 points and ruled the backboards with 17 rebounds, tying her season high, in leading Barton’s climb to fourth place in the league at 5-3 and 12-3 overall. Wynn buried 16-of-21 shots from the floor and connected on 3-of-5 free throws. She grabbed 11 offensive rebounds.
King departed 3-3 in the conference and 7-6 in all games.
The Lady Bulldogs of head coach Wendee Saintsing continue conference play in Tigerville, South Carolina, on Saturday at 2 p.m. against North Greenville University.
Since losing at home to Lees-McRae on Jan. 2, Barton has prevailed convincingly at Southern Wesleyan and at home against King.
Only Wynn scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs. Guards Carmen Richardson, a senior, and junior Summer Baer each managed nine points.
Shanika Peterkin, a 6-2 sophomore, pulled down 15 rebounds and blocked five shots. Senior Dinah Neal provided five assists.
Barton posted a 17-11 lead after one quarter and proceeded to outscore King in each quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs sank 31-of-74 shots from the floor for 42-percent accuracy, but connected on just 5-of-19 attempts from 3-point range and 5-of-12 free throws. King was outrebounded 58-33, and shot 30.6 percent from the floor and 31 percent from 3-point range. King outscored Barton 27-15 from 3-point land, but had no answer inside for Wynn.
Leading King were Trinity Lee with 13 points and Kristen Cupples with 11.