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On a night where the Barton College women’s basketball team struggled to score, the Lady Bulldogs leaned on defense to keep their spotless record intact.
Holding visiting Fayetteville State to 29.6 percent shooting, Barton separated from a one-possession lead entering the fourth quarter and outpaced the Broncos 20-10 in the fourth quarter in pulling away for a 51-38 victory in Wilson Gym.
The result left Barton of Conference Carolinas with seven victories in as many games, while the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Broncos fell to 3-3.
Sophomore Shanika Peterkin, the reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week, enforced the theme of the evening. She compiled a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, while blocking five shots. Senior Kianna Wynn led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points and seven rebouds, while handing out four assists.
Barton shut down Fayetteville State from beyond the 3-point line, holding the Broncos without a made basket from long range in eight attempts. In a testament to defensive basketball — or offensive futility — the teams combined for 51 turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs forced 27 giveaways. Barton, which made 20 of 59 shots for just 33.9 percent accuracy, did have assists on 18 of its field goals. Dinah Neal, a senior guard, led the Lady Bulldogs with seven assists.
Barton led by just a single possession at 37-34 in the fourth quarter until Neal came up with a steal and pushed the ball to junior Summer Baer. Baer, the team’s noted 3-point specialist, made a trey to give the Bulldogs a six-point lead with 6:24 to go, and Fayetteville State never cut the margin to less than four the rest of the way.
After Aminata Johnson’s layup briefly cut Barton’s lead back to four, the Lady Bulldogs closed play on an 11-2 run, with all 11 points accounted for by Wynn.
Katisha Hyman and Shantel Bennett each had eight points for Fayetteville State to lead the way.
Barton continues its eight-game homestand Saturday when it opens conference play against North Greenville at 2 p.m.