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Falcons Down Angels 58-48 in Conference Opener

Zaina Hook looks for an open teammate

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The visiting Pfeiffer Falcons earned a 58-48 win over Meredith College in Wednesday night's USA South Conference women's basketball opener. Kimberly Schuh led the Avenging Angels with 12 points, adding seven rebounds.

MCBB kept pace with the Falcons through the first quarter and moved into the lead in the eighth minute of the second on a jumper from Lindsay Bell. Zaina Hook found Schuh inside on the next opportunity to extend the advantage to three. A pair of missed long-range jumpers allowed Pfeiffer to retake the lead until Madison Gladwell drained a three midway through the period for a 21-20 advantage. Kate Perko and Hook got in on the action, and the Angels closed out the half with a four-point lead over PU.

But the momentum shifted in the third stanza, as the Falcons outscored Meredith 15-9 on 42.9 percent from the field. MCBB's offensive struggles continued in the fourth frame with 23.5 percent from the field compared to 50 from Pfeiffer, as the Falcons spread the gap down the stretch.

Perko led the Angels with 10 rebounds, adding seven points, and Bell finished with nine points, eight boards. Hook entered from the bench to score eight points to go along with a game high seven assists, and Gladwell dished out three assists with six points. Daia Dawkins recorded two points, two rebounds, and one steal, and Mikayla Thompson added four points and grabbed a pair of rebounds.

Pfeiffer's A'Mya McClain and Brina Bentley combined for 34 points, and Kortni Pinion led all with a dozen rebounds.

The Avenging Angels take the next week and one half off from competition to complete final exams, returning to the hardwood Sunday, Dec. 15, for a road game at Mary Baldwin. MCBB hosts their final game of 2019 on the 18th versus Greensboro.