DANVILLE, Va. - The Meredith College basketball team failed to convert in the final seconds, and Averett slipped ahead 60-59 to win Saturday's USA South action. The loss dropped the Avenging Angels to fifth place in North division standings behind the Cougars.
Meredith led much of the first half until AU put together a 13-3 run to take a 33-27 advantage into the break.
The hosts maintained the momentum into the second period and extended their lead by as many as nine with 14:10 remaining in regulation.
Raven Gregory scored on a putback the next time down the floor to launch a 15-4 Meredith run. After a series of turnovers on both ends of the court, McKenzi Edwards picked up a fastbreak layup to pull the Angels to within five.
Averett dropped in a bucket and Gregory answered with an and-one to continue the push. Rah'nika Jones capped off the series to edge Meredith into the lead by two with 6:24 left on the clock.
The teams tied the score on four more occasions as the clocked ticked down to 1:10. Laquetta Hairston picked up a steal and fed the pass to Edwards who completed the play in the paint to give Meredith a two-point lead.
Averett's Jessica Myers drained a three-pointer with 46 seconds remaining in the game to edge the Cougars into the lead by one.
The Avenging Angels created four opportunities on stellar offensive rebounding but failed to put the ball in the hoop.
Edwards led Meredith with a dozen points, along with three assists and two steals. Jessi Hayes tallied nine points and Hairston dropped in seven, adding three assists. Keyanka Bailey notched a game-high 11 rebounds, and Gregory finished with six in the loss.
A trio of Cougars finished in double-digits with Brianna Taylor leading the pack with 18. Myers finished with a dozen and dished out five assists.
Meredith travels to Greensboro Sunday for a 1 p.m. matchup with The Pride. GC sits in second place in the North division with a 10-2 USA South record. The Avenging Angels return home next Wednesday for a Play 4Kay event versus N.C. Wesleyan.