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Basketball Angels Open New Year with 86-65 Loss to Averett

Kirstie King

DANVILLE, Va. -- The Meredith College basketball team opened the New Year with an 86-65 loss to the Averett Cougars in Saturday's USA South action. Kirstie King returned to the lineup today after a two-game injury release to lead the Avenging Angels with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Meredith put up a good fight in today's conference action trailing by just five points at the half after a late three-pointer from the Cougars. But Averett outrebounded the Angels with 28 offensive boards leading to 32 second chance points. An additional 21 points off Meredith miscues lifted the hosts to their third league win on the season.

Meghan Pleasants recorded a strong performance with a dozen points, leading the Avenging Angels with eight rebounds. She dished out three assists from the inside as well. And Madison Gladwell shot 83.3 percent from the field for 11 points in her third start this winter. Brittany Preston picked up a pair of steals, adding nine points, and Chandler Hines dished out four assists with five boards and nine points. Kimberly Schuh notched eight points, five rebounds.

Averett's Amani Ajayi led the game with 19 points with teammates Ravyn Johnson and Brooke Carthon turning in a pair of double-doubles on the day.

The Avenging Angels travel north to Staunton, Virginia, to match-up Sunday afternoon with league foe Mary Baldwin. The USA South pairing is slated to tip-off at 2 p.m. in the PAC. Follow live stats HERE.

Continue to follow Meredith throughout the weekend on the USA South Instagram account. The Angels assumed control of the account Friday afternoon and will share their travel experiences the rest of the weekend.