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Avenging Angels Shut Down Baldwin to Claim 66-54 Victory

Kimberly Schuh

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College basketball team carried a late third quarter surge into the final 10 minutes of play to finish off Mary Baldwin with a 66-54 victory in Saturday's USA South action. Kimberly Schuh led all with a game high 22 points in the win.

The visiting Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels held a 10 point advantage at the 7:45 mark in the third frame when Schuh dropped in a pair of free throws to turn the tide back toward the Angels. She followed with a layup after an offensive rebound from Chandler Hines, and three Kirstie King free throws cut the lead to three with four minutes remaining in the period.

MBU battled back to an eight point lead before Meredith finished off the quarter with an 8-0 drive to even the score with 10 minutes left in regulation.

The battle continued with Meredith holding a one-point advantage through 3:30 of the fourth stanza. Hines scored inside the paint at 5:05 and followed on the next play with a three-point basket to advance the Angels' lead to seven with four minutes remaining in regulation. The Avenging Angels held steady at the free throw line down the stretch to pick up their third win on the season.

Hines finished with 19 points, including four from beyond the arc, and Kirstie King recorded her second double-double on the season with 12 points and 10 defensive rebounds. Meghan Pleasants notched nine boards with seven points, and Schuh and Hines combined for 7 of the Angels' 11 assists.

Cauy DuBoise led Baldwin with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals.

Meredith closes out the weekend with a 2 p.m. conference battle Sunday afternoon versus the visiting Averett Cougars.

Today's game was played in support of Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer®. Started in 2011 the organization provides an avenue for teams from a variety of sports to contribute to the fight against pediatric cancers. Any money raised remains in the state collected to support local children. According to the, 80 percent of the money used to purchase the program's gold laces will go to support kids with cancer and their families. Additionally, 100 percent of donations contributed to the campaign support the fight.

If you would like to contribute to Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer® on behalf of the Avenging Angels, follow the link HERE.