RALEIGH, N.C. - The visiting William Peace Pacers captured a 60-58 win over the Avenging Angels in tonight's disappointing finish at Meredith College to even the series this season. A seven-point Meredith lead faded on an 11-0 Peace run in the final four minutes to give WPU the road victory.
The finish set the teams at an even 2-12 among USA South teams and 6-15 overall with just four games remaining in the regular season.
Meredith's McKenzi Edwards picked up a steal in the first few minutes of the game to ignite a 16-2 run. The jumpstart gave the Avenging Angels their largest lead of the game at 22-7 with nearly a dozen minutes still to play in the half.
The teams battled throughout the rest of the stanza as Meredith entered the break with an 11-point advantage.
The Pacers cut the lead to six on three consecutive offensive sets in the early minutes of the second period.
Edwards ended the drought at the free throw line and followed up with a three-point-play to extend the Avenging Angels lead back to double-digits.
WPU's Crystal Alston forced a turnover on the next play to keep the Pacers in the mix, and Meredith's freshman Laquetta Hairston found Rah'nika Jones with a second-chance point to swing the favor back to the hosts.
A short jumper from Callie Yohn followed by one of three three-pointers from Alston chipped away at the Meredith lead. Krystal Williams drilled a pair from the stripe to cut that lead to just three with plenty of time remaining in the game.
The Meredith starting lineup distributed the points during an 11-4 run over the next four minutes to reclaim control.
Trailing by 10-points with 8:20 remaining in regulation, the Pacers picked up eight of their next 10 points at the free throw line with the clock stopped.
Keyanka Bailey found freshman Raven Gregory in the paint at 3:53 to guard a seven-point Meredith lead. But flurry of missed opportunities and unforced errors allowed Peace the opportunity to drift into the lead for the first time since the opening two minutes of play.
Jones finished an offensive rebound with seven seconds left on the clock, and Yohn missed a pair of free throws awarded on a cheap foul at the other end to give the hosts five seconds to attempt a final shot. But the rivalry continues with William Peace ahead by one game in the all-time series.
Edwards led Meredith with 18 points, adding four assists and three steals, while Bailey posted her seventh double-double this season with 11 points and an impressive 15 boards. Jones grabbed eight rebounds and finished with six points in the loss.
Williams recorded a game-high 20 points, including 10-of-13 from the stripe, adding six assists for Peace. Alston finished with 14 points and three steals, while Yohn posted 10 points in the win. Derrica Jones grabbed six steals on the night and posted a team-high 13 rebounds.
Meredith travels to Mary Baldwin Saturday afternoon and rounds out the USA South weekend pairing off with the Averett Cougars Sunday at 2 p.m. The team celebrates the memory of longtime Wolfpack Head Coach Kay Yow Friday, February 15, in Meredith's Play 4Kay event. Flaunt your pink gear and support a special cause with the Avenging Angels in a 7 p.m. tipoff in Weatherspoon Gymnasium.