RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College climbed back from a 19-point, fourth-quarter deficit to trail by as few as five late in the game versus the visiting East Division leader Averett University. But a confident Cougar squad held on for a 64-56 finish for the win. Kimberly Schuh led all with 21 points, and Kirstie King posted a game-high 12 rebounds.
Just prior to tipoff, Head Coach LaQuanda Quick and her team recognized seniors Kirstie King and Brittany Preston for their contributions to the basketball program. Leaders on and off the court, King and Preston elevate Meredith athletics.
MCBB led Wednesday night's USA South contest through most of the first half. After scoring just nine points through the first 10 minutes, AU started chipping away at Meredith's lead and finally stepped in front on a putback from Ravyn Johnson with 1:41 left in the half. And a pair of threes sent the Cougars into the locker room with a six-point advantage and the momentum.
Averett used that energy to pressure MCBB with 81.3 percent shooting from the field in the third frame.
But Meredith remained patient and hit their free throws in the fourth quarter to find their way back into the game. With less than two minutes left in regulation, Madison Gladwell found Caroline Coleman on the wing for three, and Katherine Holmes drained another one a minute later off a pass from King. But the Avenging Angels were unable to hold down Averett any longer as time expired.
Gladwell recorded 13 points, and Coleman finished with 10. And Trinity Packer posted six boards with four points, one steal, and one assist.
Averett's Amani Ajayi led with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and Kiara Smith tallied 11 boards with seven points.
The Avenging Angels travel to Rocky Mount Saturday to challenge the N.C. Wesleyan Bishops in the final regular season game. With USA South Tournament seeding on the line, MCBB must be ready to play.