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Baldwin Slips Past Angels, 56-53

Madison Gladwell

STAUNTON, Va. -- Meredith College led the host Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels by as many as 15 points early in the third period but would not be able to finish. Baldwin battled back for a 56-53 win over the Angels in Sunday's USA South contest.

Kimberly Schuh's 27 points and career-high 18 rebounds were not enough to help the Avenging Angels fight off MBU's comeback. Meredith left nine points at the free throw line, shooting just 40 percent compared to a near 70 percent average heading into the weekend.

Meredith edged into the lead during the first minute of the second period and extended that advantage to 15 points two minutes into the third. MCBB held off Baldwin until a nearly six-minute spell scoring just one bucket allowed the host to pull back to within two at the close of the frame.

Mary Baldwin's leading scorer Leah Calhoun tied the game at 42 seconds into the fourth quarter, and she dropped in two free throws at 7:50 to edge her team in front. Schuh netted a three-pointer to end the Baldwin run with the Avenging Angels trailing by two, and she scored a second to keep MCBB close. Janah Hassell pitched in with a jumper at 3:21 and forced a Baldwin turnover on the next play to give the ball back to Meredith. Schuh put back an offensive rebound to pull the Angels to within one at 2:52, but a technical foul from Kirstie King shifted the momentum back to MBU.

Baldwin managed to hold off the Avenging Angels down the stretch to finish with their third consecutive USA South victory.

King finished with six points, four rebounds, and three assists, and Madison Gladwell dished out a game high seven assists with nine boards and four points. Caroline Coleman returned to the offensive lineup today with a pair of three pointers in eight points, and Hassell finished with four. Trinity Packer grabbed seven rebounds with two points, and Brittany Preston knocked down a pair of free throws, adding four rebounds, one assist, and one steal on the day.

MCBB returns to their home court Wednesday for a midweek game versus the Salem Spirits, who sit just below the Angels in USA South East Division standings with no wins on the season. Meredith will dedicate the game to Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer.