EMORY, Va. -- The Meredith College basketball team opened Thanksgiving week with a 103-43 loss at Emory & Henry Monday night. Jessi Hayes led the Angels with 14 points, seven rebounds.
The Avenging Angels opened strong and appeared to be able to match the hosts. Hayes hit her first three-point attempt and dropped in two free throws at the eight-minute-mark to stretch Meredith's lead to five. Amy Rhoney grabbed an offensive board in the next series and dished off to Meghan Pleasants for an inside bucket.
Hayes hit her second three-point attempt midway through the first period, and she and Pleasants were in control of a productive offense.
As Emory & Henry chipped away at Meredith's lead, the Angels' ability to score seemed to disappear. Maddie Gladwell would score the only other field goal during the period with 1:28 left on the clock. The change in momentum led to continued problems as Meredith turned the ball over repeatedly during the second stanza.
Six missteps in the first two minutes of the period prevented the Avenging Angels from regaining any rhythm, and the game started to unravel.
The Wasps continued to pressure Meredith's ball handlers, and shut down Hayes on offense. Foul trouble added to the challenges down the stretch and allowed E&H to run away with the game.
Pleasants finished with nine points, seven boards, and Rhoney added eight points, five rebounds. Gladwell tallied six points, including four-of-six from the stripe.
The Avenging Angels host former USA South member Christopher Newport Sunday, Nov. 27 in a 3 p.m. non-conference event. The Captains opened the 2016-17 season with a pair of wins and host Methodist tomorrow night before heading to Raleigh after the holiday. Follow the live action HERE.