RALEIGH, N.C. - The Meredith Avenging Angels held their own during the first 16 minutes against the visiting Scots of Maryvville College (Tenn.) in today's USA South pairing. The Scots, ranked No. 25 in this week's USA Today Sports Division III Top 25 Coaches' Poll, drilled seven-of-nine from three-point range in the second half on their way to an 82-49 finish.
Maryville (17-2, 11-1 USA South) remains atop the conference rankings alongside Ferrum College, while the Avenging Angels (6-13, 2-10 USA South) sit in the bottom 25 percent.
The Scots opened the game with a four-point advantage thanks to a pair of easy baskets before senior Bryana Holmes fed rookie Kim Hinton in the paint for a layup. Point guard McKenzi Edwards, who went 5-5 from the free throw line, hit a pair from the stripe followed up with a layup from teammate Keyanka Bailey to keep Meredith close.
Maryville leader Janell Manard, held to just nine points by the Meredith defense, picked up a quick bucket before a 6-0 Avenging Angel run helped the hosts slip past the Scots 13-11 at 13:24.
Menard led her team on a 10-2 run of their own during the next 2:35 to briefly regain control for a six-point lead.
Holmes launched one from deep to snap the Maryville run, and Rah'nika Jones blocked a layup in the next series. Jones finished the play with a layup to cut the visitor lead to one.
Edwards recovered a Meredith turnover and picked up a three-point-play during the next minute to give her team their third lead of the game with 8:01 remaining in regulation.
The teams exchanged field goals during the next several minutes and Edwards added two more from the stripe for what turned out to be the team's final points of the half with nearly four minutes remaining.
Maryville enjoyed a 14-0 advantage during the Avenging Angel drought and entered the locker room at the half with the first double-digit spread of the game.
After the break, the Scots posted an impressive 41-19 offensive advantage during the next 20 minutes to claim the league win.
Edwards led Meredith with 17 points, adding two steals, and Holmes launched four from beyond the arc for a total of 12. Bailey grabbed nine rebounds and picked up three steals in the loss. Jones finished with six points, four rebounds and two blocks.
Kiera Payne led all with 18 points, adding nine boards and six steals for the Scots. Teammates Tayler Smith and Lauren Burnett chipped in a combined 26 to round out the top scorers for Maryville.
The Avenging Angels close out the week playing host to Ferrum Sunday at 2 p.m.