RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College basketball squad had the visiting University of Mary Washington Eagles within reach through the final minutes of Saturday's non-conference pairing, but a more than four-minute scoring drought late in the game allowed UMW to capture a 57-50 victory. Kimberly Schuh and Caroline Coleman finish with double-digit scoring to lead MCBB.
The Avenging Angels scored seven three-pointers to four from the Eagles, but put Mary Washington on the line for 23 attempts at the stripe to just nine at their own free throw line. UMW made 15 free throws, which kept the visitors out front down the stretch.
A disciplined Angels squad continues to work at a playing system put in place by new Head Coach LaQuanda Quick, and the strategy paid dividends in today's non-conference contest. Patience and poise, along with guts and determination pushed Meredith ahead early in the fourth period.
Trailing by 14 at halftime, the Avenging Angels returned to the court ready to battle. Trinity Packer found Coleman on the perimeter for a three-pointer after an Eagle misstep in the opening seconds of the third period. But a little frustration left two more opportunities unfinished. The Angels battled end-to-end on defense and picked up four steals through a two minute stretch to trim their deficit to just four at the 4:55 mark.
A quick timeout from the Angels bench kept MCBB focused, and Meredith finished off the frame with a two-point lead on a Schuh layup with seconds left on the clock.
Mary Washington's leading scorer Erika Carter opened the fourth quarter with a quick layup, but Schuh drove in for one of her own and finished the play with a bonus at the stripe thanks to a UMW foul. Coleman launched a trey at 6:26 to give MCBB their largest lead of the game, crediting Janah Hassell for the assist.
Packer ended Meredith's offensive lull scoring a layup after a grabbing a steal at midcourt, and Schuh kept the Angels close with another goal in the paint on the next play. But MCBB ran out of time, and the Eagles made their free throws to hold on for the win.
Schuh finished with a game high 18 points, adding five rebounds, two steals, two assists, and Coleman tallied 13 on a perfect four-of-four from three-point range and a perfect two at the line. Kirstie King scored eight, and Packer seven, and the two combined for nine rebounds and five steals. Hassel and Madison Gladwell recorded a pair of assists apiece, and Katherine Holmes picked up two steals.
UMW's Carter tallied 14 for the Eagles, notching a game high eight boards.
The Avenging Angels open the USA South campaign tomorrow as host to the Greensboro Pride. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. in Weatherspoon Gym.