RALEIGH, N.C. -- After holding a 20-point lead over the visiting William Peace Pacers midway through the third quarter, the Meredith College basketball Angels scored just two field goals the rest of the way as the Pacers finished out a 63-60 USA South win. Both Jessi Hayes and Amy Rhoney posted double-double performances with 15 points, 10 rebounds apiece.
After an even 18-18 first period match-up, the Avenging Angels gathered enough momentum to outscore Peace 18-8 through the second 10-minute frame. Hayes and Maddie Gladwell knocked down a pair of threes, and the team went 4-5 from the stripe to carry a 10-point advantage into the half.
In the third stanza Courtney Roulhac and Hayes found Rhoney inside for four buckets, and six more Angels contributed to Meredith's 20-15 performance to advance their lead to 15 heading into the final frame.
After Hayes scored her team's final field goal of the game just 76 seconds into the period, WPU's Jayde Grant took over the scoring with 13 points on four layups and five-of-six from the free throw line.
Kirstie King interrupted the Pacer drive at 4:15 with a pair of freebies, but William Peace continued to push. Pacer Tyler Mercer found Grant on three more occasions, and Makayla Ray made a final pair of free throws to force the Angels to try for a three pointer in the final seconds.
Gladwell finished with eight points, one steal, and King grabbed eight boards with seven points. Roulhac and Hayes tallied seven assists for Meredith, and Chandler Hines added five points, including one from beyond the arc.
WPU's Grant led the game with 20 points, and Ray led with 11 rebounds, adding seven points.
The Avenging Angels continue their home series tomorrow playing host to the Greensboro Pride at 2 p.m.