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Basketball Falls to Cougars, 76-47

Chandler Hines

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College basketball's Chandler Hines led the Avenging Angels with 12 points in Sunday's 76-47 loss to the visiting Averett Cougars. The Angels open a three-game road series Wednesday versus cross-town rival William Peace and remain in the hunt for a top-six finish and an invite to the USA South Tournament.

The Angels took early control of today's game by handling Averett's full court press without issue. Meredith moved through the defensive pressure with smart passes and finished plays and held a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Averett regrouped during the intermission and returned to the court to score the first 17 points on 4-of-5 shooting from Shannon Longworth. Kimberly Schuh found Madison Gladwell on the perimeter for a three-pointer to finally interrupt the Cougar advance at 3:28. Hines drained a three and Katherine Holmes found the goal for two inside, but the damage was done as Meredith dropped to a 10-point deficit heading into the half.

The Cougars cranked up the pressure in the third frame, and Meredith turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions before Hines found the net for three. But that would be her last field goal of the game with Averett defense in her back pocket much of the way. Hines averaged 19 points during her four previous outings but was held to just 12 today.

AU's defense also shut down Schuh, who scored just six points in 29 minutes with an extra 10 minutes on the bench today in foul trouble. Gladwell scored seven from the point, and Trinity Packer entered from the bench to score eight in her 10 minutes of action with five rebounds. Meghan Pleasants notched six rebounds with one block but spent much of the second half on the bench with three personals.

Five Cougars recorded double-digit outings with Amani Ajayi leading the pack with 16. Ravyn Johnson led the game with 12 boards, adding 11 points, and Alixis Roccia dished out seven assists in the win.

Follow live action from the Hermann Athletic Center Wednesday night with tipoff slated for 7:30 p.m. (No ticket needed for admission.)