ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- The host N.C. Wesleyan Battling Bishops captured a 74-63 victory over Meredith College in Saturday afternoon's final regular season game of the season. Madison Gladwell led the Avenging Angels with 18 points, three assists.
Throughout the second half of the season, MCBB climbed its way up the East Division rankings to earn the sixth seed in the USA South Tournament. William Peace finished third and will host Meredith in first round action next Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals at Berea College next Saturday afternoon.
Wesleyan opened today's game with an eight-point, first-quarter lead and held onto the advantage the rest of the way. MCBB trimmed their deficit to five midway through the second frame, but the Bishops spread the gap to double-digits before the intermission.
Leading scorer Javana Jones gave N.C. Wesleyan their largest lead of the game on a jump shot early in the third stanza, but the Avenging Angels continued to battle to stay within striking distance.
Caroline Coleman drained a three-pointer early in the fourth and Gladwell dropped in a pair of free throws to trail by just four at 8:43. But Wesleyan's Jones completed a three-point play to keep the Bishops in control. Kirstie King hit her free throws and Gladwell scored two more. Katherine Holmes hit her first of two threes, as MCBB refused to go away. Coleman hit another shot from beyond the arc and Holmes drained her second, but Meredith ran out of time chasing N.C. Wesleyan to the finish.
Coleman tallied 14 points, and Kimberly Schuh finished with 11 points, six rebounds. King grabbed a team-high nine boards with 10 points, and Brittany Preston notched three assists, two steals, and two rebounds. Janah Hassell picked up a pair of steals, and Trinity Packer recorded three rebounds before being disqualified with five personal fouls.
Wesleyan's Jones led all with 23 points, adding 12 rebounds.