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Pride Battles Back to Hold on for 61-56 Win Over Avenging Angels

Kimberly Schuh fights through traffic to get to the goal

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- In Wednesday night's USA South women's basketball action, the host Greensboro Pride battled back to edge Meredith College 61-56. The Avenging Angels led by as many as 15 points and fought through the last second for a final advantage.

MCBB closed out the first frame with a two-point lead and spread that gap to 10 at 7:23 in the second period on a three-pointer from Caroline Coleman. With less than two minutes remaining in the quarter, Madison Gladwell grabbed a defensive rebound, and Kimberly Schuh finished the play to give the Angels their largest lead of the night. Greensboro trimmed their deficit back to eight before heading into the half.

The Avenging Angels' offense was slow to start after the break, but Kirstie King finally dropped in a field goal three minutes into the frame. But MCBB would not find the rim again until Gladwell drained one from beyond the arc with just 10 seconds left in the quarter.

Down by just four points heading into the final stanza, Greensboro's leading scorer A'Liyah Woods hit a three on the first play to pull the Pride to within one. Janah Hassell followed with a quick jumper, but another scoring drought left the Angels trailing by four with less than five minutes left on the clock.

Schuh hit a three-pointer with 27 seconds left, but a Meredith foul put the Pride on the line for two. Head Coach LaQuanda Quick called a 30-second timeout, and Coleman finished the next play with a quick three to keep the Angels in the hunt. Gladwell fouled quickly, but Greensboro hit both bonus shots to finish off for the win.

Schuh led the game with 25 points with eight rebounds, two assists, and Coleman notched 10 with three assists and a steal. King and Gladwell combined for 14 points, 11 rebounds, and Trinity Packer and Preston grabbed five boards apiece. Hassell dished out a pair of assists with two points and a rebound, and Katherine Holmes drained a three in her 10-minutes on the floor.

Greensboro's Woods finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds.

The Avenging Angels launch a three-game home stretch Saturday with the Methodist Monarchs. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. in Weatherspoon Gym. Meredith alumnae-athletes are invited back to enjoy a special reunion. Register HERE for the event, which begins with the game.