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Angels Capture 66-56 Victory Over Bishops to Keep Tournament Hopes Alive

Caroline Coleman on the wing

RALEIGH, N.C. -- With Kimberly Schuh's 25 points and three more Avenging Angels in double-figures, the Meredith College basketball team captured a big 66-56 win over the visiting N.C. Wesleyan Bishops. The well-coached Angels played with poise and control to lead throughout the 40 minutes of play.

MCBB led by as many as 26 points late in the third quarter, but an aggressive Battling Bishops squad pressured Meredith to trim that deficit to 10 by the end of regulation. Madison Gladwell managed the point most of the game and maintained control of the ball to find five of her teammates ready to score. She knocked down two-for-two from three-point range and hit four more short jumpers for her second-best offensive performance this season with 14 total points.

Midway through the fourth period with N.C. Wesleyan's pressure defense in full force, the Avenging Angels searched for an open look. With seconds left on the shot clock, Kirstie King made a quick pass to Caroline Coleman, who drained a long three to advance Meredith's lead to 15. The next time down the court, Janah Hassell saved a loose ball at the baseline and found Schuh for two to keep MCBB in control. The teams exchanged free throws during the next series, before Gladwell dribbled the full length of the court for an easy bucket with Wesleyan trying to setup their defense.

A trio of missed opportunities allowed the Bishops to pull to within 11 with less than one minute left on the clock, but the Angels settled in to finish off the visitors for the win.

Schuh collected eight offensive boards for a total of 12 to help Meredith notch 11 second chance points, and King tallied seven on the defensive end to go along with 10 points and a pair of steals. Brittany Preston dished out four assist with four points, and Trinity Packer picked up four boards with two steals, two assists.

Kayla Johnson led the Battling Bishops with 10 points, five rebounds, and Nadiyah Holley grabbed a team high eight rebounds with as many points.

Meredith hosts cross-town rival William Peace Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The Pacers managed a win in the first game of this year's rival series, in spite of Schuh's career-high 48 points.