RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College built a patient comeback to claim a 47-41 win over the visiting Pfeiffer University Falcons in Sunday afternoon's USA South action. Madison Gladwell led from the point and finished with a game high 16 points for the Avenging Angels.
Down by 12 at the end of the first quarter and showing no real offensive threat to PU, Meredith Head Coach LaQuanda Quick designed a plan to get her team back into the game. Gladwell and Caroline Coleman knocked down four-of-five attempts from beyond the arc to pull MCBB to within three at 23-20 heading into the half.
In the early seconds of the fourth quarter, Brittany Preston tied up Bentley Brina on her drive to the basket, but the Angels came up short on the other end. Two minutes later Gladwell hit the first pair of six perfect free throws to trim MCBB's deficit down to just two.
After three minutes without a bucket from either team, Katherine Holmes drained a three to edge the Angels in front for the first time. Preston found Coleman on the perimeter to stretch that lead to six with 1:41 left on the clock. Gladwell and Schuh went four-for-four from the stripe down the stretch to finish off Pfeiffer for the win.
Coleman finished with 11 points, and King posted nine with five rebounds. Schuh grabbed nine boards with eight points, and Trinity Packer battled for nine rebounds, adding one assist. Preston dished out three assists, and Janah Hassell found Gladwell on her second three-pointer for her solos assist.
Sydni Bickford led PU with 11 points, and Kortni Pinion recorded eight with six rebounds.
During the halftime intermission former Meredith lacrosse standout Carlee Joseph was presented with the 2018 USA South Don Scalf Female Student-Athlete of the Year award by Commissioner Tom Hart. She officially earned the honor last June.
Joseph was also recognized for her selection as the IWLCA DIII Student-Athlete of the Year award, and teammate Holly Hite was recognized as the program's first All-American. The entire lacrosse team was on hand to be recognized for capturing the 2018 USA South Regular Season and Tournament Championships last April.
The Avenging Angels wrap up this home stretch Wednesday night playing host to the East Division's leader Averett University. Quick and her team will celebrate the seniors just prior to the 6 p.m. tipoff.