RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College basketball team dropped a 62-43 loss to the visiting Averett Cougars in USA South action Wednesday night. Chandler Hines led the Avenging Angels with 16 points.
Averett scored 21 of their points at the free throw line with 80.8 percent accuracy and picked up 23 points from their bench personnel to defeat the Avenging Angels. Meredith protected the ball fairly well compared to the visitors, but only Hines finished with double-digit scoring on the night.
Averett opened the game with a quick 6-0 advantage until Kirstie King finally dropped in two for the Angels four minutes into the period. AU responded with a quick three, and Meredith would not find the rim again until Hines hit her first-of-four three pointers with 2:47 left in the quarter. Jessi Hayes added one more field goal for the Angels, who trailed the visitors by seven heading into the second frame.
The Avenging Angels improved their field goal shooting in the second stanza but would fall to a double-digit deficit heading into halftime.
Meredith continued to better their shooting percentage as the night progressed, but Averett found the basket with much more ease with 26 points coming inside the paint.
The Avenging Angels simply ran out of gas down the stretch, as the Cougars had fresh legs throughout the night with 15 players working their way into the lineup.
Hayes and Amy Rhoney grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds apiece and a combined 12 points. Hayes also dished out six assists with a pair of steals. Maddie Gladwell posted seven points, two assists, and Brittany Preston tallied four points, two steals.
Three Cougars finished in double figures with Joelle Deese leading the way with a dozen. Samm Chandler notched 10 rebounds, 12 points, and Brooke Carthon entered off the bench to bring in 10 boards with six points.
The Avenging Angels wrap-up the regular season with a doubleheader weekend beginning with Ferrum Saturday afternoon. Senior Jessi Hayes will be recognized Sunday before the team tips off versus the visiting Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels.