RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kimberly Schuh posted a career record 48 points in Wednesday night's 82-78 loss to USA South foe William Peace. The Avenging Angels held the lead late in the second period but would come up short down the stretch.
Tonight's game, the first for both in 2019, gave fans a thriller with the point spread as close as two with seconds left on the clock. Down by eight at 3:35, Caroline Coleman found Kirstie King inside the paint for two. King rebounded an attempt from the Pacers on the other end to set up Coleman for a layup, cutting the lead to four with 1:37 left in regulation. Another WPU miss followed by a foul put Schuh on the line for 2 of her 18 free throws, as the Avenging Angels trailed by just two with 72 seconds remaining.
MCBB called for a timeout after Schuh grabbed a rebound on the next WPU miss, but Pacer Mikayla Ray came up big on the opposite end with a block on Schuh when play resumed. Ray picked up the rebound forcing King to foul with seconds left on the clock, and Ray knocked down both free throws. The Avenging Angels turned the ball over on their final opportunity, allowing Peace to collect the win in the first of this year's rival series.
Schuh's breakout performance included 10 rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals. King scored 10 with seven rebounds, and Madison Gladwell hit one-of-two from beyond the arc to go along with a perfect four from the stripe. Coleman matched Gladwell's four assists, adding five points, and Brittany Preston recorded four points with three rebounds. Janah Hassell rotated from the bench with Preston, adding one rebounds, one assist for the Angels.
Khadijah Daniels and Ray combined to score 59 of the Pacer points, while Ray matched Schuh with 10 boards.
The Avenging Angels travel to Averett and Mary Baldwin this weekend for a pair of USA South contests, looking for a much needed victory on the road. Meredith returns to Raleigh January 9 versus Salem in the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer event.