After a successful fall sports season, Meredith basketball followed suit securing a USA South Tournament bid as the East Division’s six-seed. The Avenging Angels traveled to Averett University for first round action versus the East’s three-seed Cougars on Valentine’s Day.
The Avenging Angels lost 76-64 to the third-seed Averett Cougars in Wednesday night’s opening round of USA South Tournament action. Meredith led at the half but would not hold off a steady come back from the hosts. Meredith opened strong versus the Cougars with precision shooting from Chandler Hines and unselfish play from Kimberly Schuh. The team’s inside presence kept the game close as Meghan Pleasants and Kirstie King dropped in a series of buckets, and Katherine Holmes forced the defense to play honestly as she netted three field goals on the perimeter in the second frame. The combined effort left the Avenging Angels with a three-point lead heading into halftime.
The Cougars would not sit back and watch but returned to the court in the third frame with a purpose. Averett’s Amani Ajayi remained on her scoring pace with seven in the third quarter, and Brooke Carthon led a 13-2 run to shift the lead back in favor of the hosts. The Avenging Angels evened the score at 46 on a Pleasants free throw with 2:11 remaining in the frame, but Carthon capped off the quarter with one of her 10 offensive boards and a putback for a 55-47 Cougar advantage.
Averett continued to outpace Meredith throughout the fourth stanza, and a three-minute Meredith scoring drought left the Cougars with a double-digit victory.
Despite of playing just one minute during the second quarter due to early foul trouble, Schuh led the Avenging Angels with 17 points, adding six rebounds and a pair of assists. Pleasants posted 16 points with three boards and two blocks in her final collegiate contest, and senior teammate Hines notched nine points with five rebounds to cap off her four-year career. Holmes recorded 11 points, and King tallied 9 points, seven boards in the loss.
Tennis hosts Barton College Thursday afternoon in the spring’s home opener, while lacrosse, softball, and track travel this weekend. The spring weather forecast routinely challenges the spring sports season. Download the sports schedules to your preferred calendar, and changes will automatically update for your convenience.
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