RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kimberly Schuh and Chandler Hines led the Meredith College basketball Angels to a 79-67 victory over rival William Peace. The win places Meredith in sixth place one half game ahead of the Pacers with three weeks remaining in the regular season and a tournament invite on the line.
The Avenging Angels opened up strong versus Peace with a 29-14 first quarter advantage and never trailed through 40 minutes of play. Meghan Pleasants, Schuh, and Hines jumpstarted the offensive effort as the Angels netted 55.0 percent of their field goals during the frame.
WPU responded in the second stanza behind a home court advantage and 10 points from team leader Mikayla Ray to pull back to within six heading into the half.
But Hines found her rhythm in the third period and drained three-of-three from three-point land to extend Meredith's lead to nine. Defensive efforts held WPU's Ray to just two points, and her frustration led to four quick fouls during the quarter. Ray held on for Peace until the final seconds of play, when she was disqualified with her fifth personal.
The Pacers had no answer for Schuh as she scored 11 in the final frame to help finish off the hosts for the win.
Schuh tallied 24 points, her second highest point total this season, adding a team high eight rebounds and a game high five assists. Including six from beyond the arc, Hines finished with 23 points, and Pleasants recorded 10 points with four rebounds. Brittany Preston notched seven points and Kirstie King scored six with both players grabbing six boards apiece.
Ray posted the only double-double performance on the night with 23 points, 15 rebounds for William Peace.
Meredith remains on the road this weekend with Methodist Saturday and N.C. Wesleyan Sunday before returning to Weatherspoon on the 31st for Ferrum. Both weekend games are slated for a 2 p.m. start with live action available HERE.