RALEIGH, N.C. - The Meredith College basketball squad will host four contests during the academic winter break in Weatherspoon Gymnasium beginning with Salem College (4-2) Monday, December 10. The Avenging Angels are set to tipoff with Salem at 7 p.m.
The Spirits won four of their last five contests, including victories over Hollins (1-4) and Southern Virginia (3-2). Hollins travels to Meredith December 30 for a 2 p.m. pairing and the Knights visit Raleigh in late January. Most recently, Salem lost to the USA South's Methodist Monarchs (6-2, 2-0 USA South).
Salem's Satavia Taylor and Jasmine Shabazz carry the Spirits' offense with both averaging double figures early in the season. In addition to scoring, Taylor leads the team with 25 steals over just five contests and 6.4 rebounds per game, while Shabazz leads the team averaging 8.4 rebounds.
HU visits Raleigh just before the New Year to challenge the Avenging Angels Sunday afternoon, December 30. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. on the campus of Meredith College.
Senior guard Jasmine Greene directs the Hollins team on both ends of the court averaging 15.6 points per game and posting 20 total steals during the first five games. Chanci Wright and Lauren Hays assist the team with a combined rebound average of 13.8 per game and about five points apiece in the paint.
Just into 2013, the Avenging Angels welcome Mary Baldwin (0-5, 0-1 USA South) and Averett (1-4, 0-2 USA South) for a USA South weekend beginning Friday, January 4, with the Fighting Squirrels and the Cougars Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
MBC's Shanice Miles leads her team with 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The young Fighting Squirrels' lone upperclassman Shamanda Washington averages 5.8 rebounds and points per game.
The Cougars opened the conference schedule posting a pair of losses to Greensboro and Methodist. AU also took a 75-42 hit from Guilford College, and the Quakers defeated Meredith last week as well.
Senior Mette Scheiman and junior Shannon Smith lead the scoring for Averett with Scheiman averaging a double-digit 15.8 points each contest. Defensively, the Avenging Angels need to focus attention to Sheiman and Caroline Young who combine for 10 boards per game.
In addition to managing their opponents' performance, Meredith will need to produce on both ends of the court for a complete game. To this point, the Avenigng Angels show moments of greatness in between minutes lacking patience offensively and effort on the defensive end.
Shooters Kristen Alford and Keyanka Bailey turn in an average of 14 points apiece per game with Tyler Gresham falling in next at just under 10. Danielle Lee and Rah'nika Jones grab a combined 15.7 boards each contest. At the point rookie Laquetta Hairston directs her team with near precision and delivers the ball successfully to teammates at a rate of five assists per game.
Newcomer Kim Hinton continues to make her mark with the Avenging Angels and earned USA South Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week honors after Meredith defeated Emory & Henry November 24. Averaging nearly 13 minutes per contest, Hinton drops in an average of 6.7 points and grabs a pair of rebounds.
As Head Coach Melinda Campbell eases several players off the injured list and back onto the court, the Avenging Angels hope to add to offensive production and offer a deeper bench to help in the backcourt.
Meredith travels next to Ferrum College (5-0, 1-0 USA South) for a 2 p.m. game with the Panthers. The Avenging Angels also face Maryville (Tenn.) and Randolph later this month. Follow all games live with this link.