FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Host Methodist University rallied in the fourth quarter of Sunday's USA South women's basketball game to edge the Meredith College Angels 56-48. Jessi Hayes and Amy Rhoney recorded double-doubles on the day with leading point and rebound efforts for Meredith.
The Avenging Angels jumped out to an early 11-4 lead through the first 5:30 of today's game before the Monarchs responded with an 8-0 rally to edge in front. Kirstie King ended the rally with a jumper inside, and Brittany Preston hit a free throw to end the quarter with the Angels in the lead by two.
Meredith could not keep a handle on the ball early in the second stanza recording four turnovers in 2:20. But Chandler Hines ended the draught with her only three pointer on the game. MU found their offensive momentum and managed to tie the Angels at 25 at the half.
Rhoney opened the third quarter with a quick layup, and the battle continued. Hayes scored eight of Meredith's next nine points, but the Monarchs kept pace as the score remained even with just 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
Rhoney gave the Angels a four-point advantage at three minutes into the fourth period, but Methodist scored 10 of the next 14 points to take the lead for the first time since early in the third.
The offense went cold for the Avenging Angels, who missed their next nine attempts to hand the victory to MU.
Hayes shared the game high of 18 points, adding 11 rebounds, and Rhoney recorded a game high 13 rebounds with 12 points. King finished with seven points and as many rebounds.
Methodist's Jalisa Campbell also scored 18 points, and Kaneya Chambers notched 14 points, eight boards.
Meredith opens a six-game home stretch Wednesday night with non-conference opponent Mid-Atlantic Christian. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. in Weatherspoon Gym.