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Angels Unable to Recover from Slow Start in 64-51 Loss to MU

Madison Gladwell battles for rebound

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Scoring just three points in the first period, the Meredith College basketball Angels were unable to recover in Tuesday's 64-51 loss to host Methodist University. Kimberly Schuh led MCBB with 18 points.

The Avenging Angels struggled from the field during the first 10 minutes of play, scoring just one basket in 11 attempts, while Methodist put together a 50 percent performance for a 14-point advantage.

But MCBB cut that deficit to five through the second stanza on 12-of-15 shooting from the free throw line. Trinity Packer jumpstarted the effort with a three-point play early in the period. The defense stifled the Monarchs, who shot just 27.6 percent in the second quarter. But Kirstie King finished the half with three personal fouls, and Packer picked up her third minutes after the break.

Janah Hassell drained a three-pointer midway through the third frame to give Meredith their only lead at 31-30, but Kimberly Schuh's bucket five minutes later was the next and last field goal of the period.

The Avenging Angels still trailed by just three points heading into the final period and would keep the Monarchs within reach through much of the stanza. But MU made their free throws down the stretch to finish off for the win.

Rookie Caroline Coleman recorded her third consecutive double-digit performance, scoring 10 with four steals, two assists, and Hassell finished with seven points and three assists on the night.

Monarch Logan Lee led all with 19, and Kodi Centry matched Meredith's Madison Gladwell with nine rebounds apiece.

The Avenging Angels travel to Coastal Carolina tomorrow evening for an exhibition game versus the Chanticleers. Follow the live action HERE beginning with a 5 p.m. tipoff.