Wilson, N.C. – The University of Mount Olive women's basketball team defeated Barton College, 78-71, on Wednesday afternoon in Wilson, N.C.
Score: Mount Olive 78, Barton 71
Records: Mount Olive (19-5, 16-3 CC), Barton (15-10, 12-7 CC)
Location: Wilson Gym, Wilson, N.C.
How It Happened
- Mount Olive fell behind from the opening tip as Barton took the first five points of the contest.
- The Bulldogs extended their lead to 15-7 at the midway point of the opening quarter.
- Ni'Ya Styles hit a three-pointer at the 1:21 mark and brought the Barton lead down to its lowest at that point 17-16, but UMO was unable to get a stop on defense and take the lead.
- The second quarter remained the same story line as the first as Barton held onto the lead with the Trojans again were able to get the deficit to a single point at 37-36 with 2:43 remaining before halftime.
- Mount Olive in the waning minutes of the second quarter fought back to tie the game at 40 with over a minute left, however, Barton took back the momentum with a layup to take the lead heading into the break.
- The Trojans took their first lead of the game with 7:57 left in the quarter 46-44, but as was the flow of the game thus far Barton tied the game once more at 46 seconds later.
- Back-to-back layups by Kiara Jones gave UMO its largest lead of the game 52-48 at the 4:54 mark.
- Mount Olive mounted its first run of the game with 3:31 remaining as the Trojans put up seven unanswered points pushing their lead to 57-50.
- The quarter ended with a 7-2 run by Mount Olive to give the Trojans their first double-digit lead at 64-54.
- For the first time in the game, Mount Olive controlled the entire quarter not allowing Barton to draw under five for the remainder of the game.
- Senior Kiara Jones led the way for UMO, pouring in a career-high 27 points and collecting 11 boards.
- Also in double figures for UMO were Styles (18) and Daria Simmons (15).
- UMO outshot Barton, 45.2% to 40.3%.
Mount Olive returns to Kornegay Arena on Saturday for a 4 p.m. showdown with Erskine in the annual Free Will Baptist Church Night.