RALEIGH, N.C. -- A young but determined Meredith College basketball squad kept pace with the visiting Guilford Quakers in Wednesday night's home opener. Freshman Kate Perko led the Angels with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and Kimberly Schuh tallied nine points, nine boards.
Aside from a brief stint trailing by six midway through the second period, the Avenging Angels kept Guilford within four points until Brianna Allen and Lindsay Gauldin dropped in back-to-back buckets to push the Quakers ahead by seven with 4:25 left in the third frame.
Head Coach LaQuanda Quick called for a timeout, but a Gauldin three-pointer netted a three-pointer in Guilford's next possession to extend the advantage. Madison Gladwell finally found Zaina Hook for two, and a defensive board from Schuh led to another bucket from Perko to trim the deficit back to six. Gladwell dished off to Mikayla Thompson late in the period, as MCBB trailed by five heading into the final quarter.
The Angels closed the gap to three with 7:26 left in regulation, but Guilford held the Angels to just one point through the next 3:30 to extend their lead to double-digits. Katherine Holmes drained a three to end the scoring drought, but MCBB would score just one more point down the stretch.
Lindsay Bell scored seven points, adding seven rebounds, and Hook finished with four points and a pair of assists. Gladwell dished out a game high four assists, hitting her two free throws.
Guilford's Gaudlin led all with 22 points, and Julie Carini grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Avenging Angels remain local Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest at Shaw University before returning to Weatherspoon Gym for a pair of games before Thanksgiving.