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Basketball Angels Edge Mustangs 69-61 in Non-Conference Action

Basketball Angels Edge Mustangs 69-61 in Non-Conference Action

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College basketball Angels recovered from a first-half deficit to finish off the visiting non-conference Mid-Atlantic Mustangs Wednesday evening. Jessi Hayes led the Avenging Angels with 18 points, and Kirstie King scored a season-high 14.

Mid-Atlantic jump started the first period with three buckets from beyond the arc to take a quick 11-6 lead and continued to find the rim with ease throughout the first half.

After scoring three layups early, Meredith found the basket just once during the next 3:41 to allow the visitors to surge ahead. Hayes finally ended the draught with a layup at the four-minute mark, but the Mustangs continued to find the net from three-point range to maintain the advantage.

The shooting troubles continued for Meredith early in the second quarter, and MAC advanced to their largest lead of the night at 31-21 midway through the period. Hayes found Amy Rhoney inside on the next play to end the drive, and the defense held off a Mustang response.

Courtney Roulhac and King each found the basket to pull Meredith to within three at 2:16. In the final seconds of the half, Brittany Preston picked up an offensive board and found Maddie Gladwell for two. Gladwell followed the next time down the court with a layup thanks to a steal from Preston, and the Angels trailed by just one heading into the break.

The Avenging Angels returned to the court for the third quarter on a mission. King and Chandler Hines drained back-to-back jumpers thanks to hustle plays from Hayes to finally put Meredith out front.

Mid-Atlantic followed with another three-pointer, and the teams continued to work on both ends of the court. Hines hit a jumper at 4:43 to keep Meredith in front. Two minutes later, Gladwell picked up a steal, and Janah Hassell helped her finish off the play with layup on the break. Rhoney, Hines, and Meghan Pleasants knocked in a trio of easy buckets down the stretch to secure the victory for Meredith.

Rhoney led all with 12 rebounds, adding a pair of field goals, and Hayes notched five assists, three steals.

Aleah McNeal led the Mustangs with a game-high 25 points, five assists. Eryka Vincent and Tierra Lester scored 12 apiece, and Lester tallied nine boards.

The Avenging Angels continue their home stretch this weekend with a USA South doubleheader beginning Saturday afternoon with William Peace. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. in Weatherspoon Gym.