RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College rookie Kimberly Schuh matched her career-high 35 points and paired it with a career-best 15 rebounds to lead the Avenging Angels to a 66-64 victory over USA South rival William Peace in a thrilling home match-up Wednesday evening. Meredith led by as many as eight points midway through the fourth quarter and held off a late Pacer attack for the win.
Both teams battled throughout the first two stanzas leaving the Pacers with the momentum heading into the final seconds of the half with an eight point advantage. But Chandler Hines knocked down a long range buzzer beater to squash the effort, pulling the Angels back to within five at 31-26.
Meredith reserved the energy through the break and used it to slowly chip away at WPU's lead during the third frame. The Avenging Angels finally turned the tide at 1:34 on another Hines three.
Schuh scored the next three buckets inside the paint, and Hines dropped in another three pointer to extend the Angels' lead to five. Meredith protected the ball and made smart decisions to maintain a gap into the final minute of the game.
With 34 seconds remaining on the clock, Pacer Mikayla Ray made her first of two free throws after a Trinity Packer foul. Deja Umstead stepped in for an offensive rebound on the second, and the William Peace coaching staff called for a timeout. Dejah Cheatham scored a three-pointer out of the break and the Pacers called for another 30-second timeout to prepare.
Meredith extended the break with a full timeout, and Katherine Holmes dropped in a pair of free throws after a quick WPU foul to spread the gap back to three with 21 ticks on the clock. Peace fouled again, but Hines made one-of-two at the stripe before the Pacers cut the Angel lead back to one on another Cheatham three-pointer.
With just 10 seconds left on the clock, Hines left the door open scoring one-of-two again from the free throw line. But the Avenging Angels' defense thwarted one final Pacer attempt for the sweet cross-town win.
Hines finished with 16 points, two assists, and Holmes recorded seven points. Packer grabbed nine rebounds with four points in her 23 minutes played, and Brittany Preston notched six boards, four assists. Meghan Pleasants recorded three assists with two blocks and five rebounds.
Ray recorded a double-double with a game-high 17 rebounds, 14 points, and Umstead finished with 15 points, all from beyond the arc.
The win clinched Meredith's invite to the conference playoffs, but the Avenging Angels must wait until Saturday for East Division tournament seeding to be determined. Meredith hosts Salem College Saturday in the final game of the regular season. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. February 10 with Senior Day fesitivities set to occur prior to the opening jump ball.