SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University women's basketball team saw a 15-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate against visiting Barton College, but the Pirates used a 9-1 run in overtime to claim an 80-73 victory over the Bulldogs in the 3rd Annual B.J. Ford Classic on Friday evening at Alumni Arena.
The win was the first of the season for the Pirates (1-3), who had lost two of their first three games of the season by three points or less. Barton falls to 1-2 with the loss. In the other Classic game of the day, Clayton State defeated Livingstone, 91-79.
Armstrong State started off the contest on fire, scoring the game's first 15 points and taking an 11-point lead into halftime, 41-30. The Pirates extended that lead back to 15 points, 60-45, with 8:14 remaining in the fourth quarter on a layup by senior Brigitta Barta, but Barton embarked on a 22-7 run over the rest of the quarter - getting a game-tying three-pointer by Tatyana Jackson with 5.1 seconds remaining, to tie the score at 67-all and send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, Barta scored seven straight points for the Pirates over the first two and a half minutes, then junior Michaela Raymonville added back-to-back baskets to give the Pirates an insurmountable 78-70 lead with a minute to play. The Pirates hit 6-of-9 shots in the extra frame and outscored the Bulldogs 13-6 to claim the win.
Barta finished the night with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor and 5-of-5 from the free throw line, to go with 12 rebounds. Her 21 points moved her ahead of Yolanda Oliver and Terralyn Edwards (1,275) for third place on the Armstrong State all-time scoring chart with 1,296. Raymonville finished the night with a game-high 22 points, while Deundria Clark chipped in 14 points and Mercedes Jenkins added nine assists.
Barton was led by Caila Carter's 18 points and Kianna Wynn's 17 points. Jackson finished the game with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.
Armstrong State finished the night shooting 46.9 percent from the floor (30-of-64), while Barton shot 40.3 percent (27-of-67). The Pirates made 6-of-16 three-pointers (37.5 percent) while Barton made 5-of-16 shots from beyond the arc (31.3 percent). The Pirates shot 77.8 percent from the foul line (14-of-18) while Barton shot just 58.3 percent (14-of-24).
The BJ Ford Classic concludes on Saturday with Clayton State facing Barton at 2:00 p.m., then the Pirates taking on Livingstone at 4:00 p.m.