Barton women’s basketball falls to Francis Marion, 80-68, in home opener

Barton junior center Shanika Peterkin totaled 14 points and 16 rebounds in a home-opening setback Wednesday to Francis Marion.  Photo by Matt Proseus
Barton junior center Shanika Peterkin totaled 14 points and 16 rebounds in a home-opening setback Wednesday to Francis Marion. Photo by Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton women's basketball team (2-1) suffered an 80-68 setback to Francis Marion (1-0) Wednesday evening in the 2019-20 home opener at Wilson Gymnasium.

The Patriots' Kristian Wall (Columbia, S.C.) led all scorers with 20 points while Zaria Woods (Lancaster, S.C.) added 19 points as Francis Marion shot 50 percent (32-of-64) from the field in prevailing in its season opener.

Barton had five players in double figures – led by junior center Shanika Peterkin (Virginia Beach, Va.) and junior guard Michelle Gainey (Rocky Mount, N.C.) with 14 points each – despite the loss.  Peterkin added 16 rebounds and five blocked shots for the double-double but the Bulldogs shot just 34 percent (25-of-73) from the field including four-of-18 from behind the three-point line.

Francis Marion held a 63-59 lead with 6:54 remaining in the contest before a 7-1 run capped off by a lay-up from Tatyana McClaney (Burtonsville, Md.) with just under four minutes left gave the visitors control and the Patriots stayed ahead the rest of the way.  Sophomore guard Akira Wiggins (Knightdale, N.C.) added 13 points for the Bulldogs, who hit 14-of-16 free throw attempts as well.

Barton will look to get back in the win column on Saturday when the Bulldogs host Elizabeth City State beginning at 2:00 p.m., while Francis Marion hosts Claflin next Monday, November 18, at 6:00 p.m.