RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College basketball Angels added another game to their win column with a 52-44 victory over the visiting Methodist Monarchs. Kimberly Schuh led with 17 points, 11 rebounds.
Meredith athletics welcomed a slate of 30 Avenging Angels alumnae-athletes from classes dating back to 1957, along with former basketball coach Carl Hatchell. The group extended the day with dinner and a program featuring guest speakers from the present day athletics program.
After taking a loss to MU earlier in the season, the Avenging Angels controlled the momentum of today's USA South contest throughout the 40 minutes. With MCBB in the lead 10-8 heading into the second period, neither team found the rim until a free throw from Shuh at 7:44. MU's Kadie Snipes followed with a jumper, but Schuh found Caroline Coleman on the wing for two. Fifty-three seconds later, Janah Hassell picked up a steal, and Brittany Preston finished the play with a layup inside.
Coleman drained a three-pointer with 2:12 left in the half to push Meredith's advantage to six, and the Avenging Angels continued to pressure Methodist on the other end. Kirstie King fought for an offensive board after a missed Angels' jumper and finished with an easy bucket inside to keep Meredith out front. Schuh followed with her own put-back with 28 seconds left on the clock, and Meredith held a four-point lead heading into the half.
After the break MU managed to even the score at 22, but Madison Gladwell drove in for a layup to set the pace for MCBB in the third frame. The Avenging Angels stretched their lead to nine on a long jumper from Coleman with four minutes left in the period, and the team maintained control heading into the final stanza.
Coleman and Schuh knocked down a pair of early jumpers to kickoff the fourth quarter, and King extended the lead once again to nine. Trinity Packer scored inside off a pass from King at 5:41 to give Meredith a double-digit advantage, and King found Schuh two minutes later to keep MU down. Schuh finished the scoring with a three-point play with less than three minutes left in regulation to give the Angels their sixth win and fifth in the last seven games.
Packer tallied 10 rebounds on the day, and Coleman finished from 10 from the field. King recorded eight points, five rebounds, and a pair of assists, and Gladwell scored seven.
Snipes and Kaneya Chambers entered from the Monarch bench to lead with a combined 21 points, and Kayla Goldsmith picked up nine rebounds to go along with eight points in the loss.
The Avenging Angels pair up with USA South newcomer Pfeiffer University tomorrow in a 2 p.m. conference contest. Join Athletic Director Jackie Myers as the athletics department recognizes the 2018 championship lacrosse team during the half. USA South Commissioner Tom Hart will be on campus to present standout attacker Carlee Joseph with the 2018 Don Scalf Female Student-Athlete of the Year award, and she and Holly Hite will be recognized for a pair of other distinguished honors earned last spring.