ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- The Meredith College basketball Angels fell 74-61 to USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan Saturday afternoon. Senior standout Jessi Hayes led the Avenging Angels with 17 points, and Chandler Hines following close behind with 12.
Meredith opened with a 9-4 advantage in the first quarter, but a 4:16 draught allowed the Bishops to slip back in front 16-9. Hayes netted a three-pointer with just over two minutes remaining in the period, and Maddie Gladwell finished off a layup to close the gap to two.
But the momentum was shortlived as Meredith scored just 9 points to N.C. Wesleyan's 19 to give the hosts a 36-23 advantage heading into the half.
Hines jumpstarted the third period with a quick three pointer and followed with a layup on an Amy Rhoney assist. The Angels outscored the Bishops 18-16 through the third frame, but the hosts continued to hold an 11 point lead.
Hayes hit her third three pointer of the game early in the fourth stanza, but the Bishop's Alexis Fitzgerald netted four of her own to keep Wesleyan out front. Meredith continued to push but would not recover the second-period deficit
In Kirstie King's first start she scored nine points with a pair of rebounds and steals. Rhoney tied the game-high 10 rebounds, adding four points. Off the bench Meghan Pleasants grabbed eight rebounds, and Maddie Gladwell recorded six points to lead the Angels.
Wesleyan's Fitzgerald finished with a game-high 23 points, and Kechae Parker recorded 10 boards. Nadiya Holley scored 12 points off the bench to seal the victory.