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Baldwin Downs Meredith, 81-64

Lindsay Bell goes up for a layup

STAUNTON, Va. -- Host Mary Baldwin downed the Meredith College Avenging Angels 81-64 in Sunday afternoon's USA South women's basketball action. Lindsay Bell topped the day with a career-high 19 points.

MCBB opened the game with a small lead but would be unable to hold on. Baldwin tied the game midway through the first quarter and edged into the lead on a Meredith miscue on the next play. MBU pushed that advantage to five through the first 10 minutes and entered the half up by 11.

Bell scored 10 of her 19 points in the third quarter to help Meredith contain the Fighting Squirrels, and a pair of Kate Perko buckets pulled the Angels to within eight on two occasions midway through the frame. Zaina Hook found Bell open for a jumper with just under four left in the period, and Bell blocked Codie Heilig's jumper on the opposite end. The play led to another Bell field goal as Meredith trailed by just seven at 3:14. But MCBB could not hold on, as Baldwin closed out the frame up by 10.

MBU would extend their lead to 19 with just under three minutes remaining in regulation, but Daia Dawkins landed a three-pointer on the next play. Madison Gladwell drained one of her own to pull the Angels to within 13 and was sent to the line for two in the next series. Head Coach LaQuanda Quick called a quick timeout before Gladwell stepped to the line to prepare her team. She scored one, but Mary Baldwin would hold on for the win.

Perko posted her sixth double-double with 14 points, and a game-high 10 rebounds, and Bell added three steals, three boards. Gladwell notched 10 points, eight rebounds, and Dawkins hit a pair of threes with three rebounds. Kimberly Schuh and Hook scored six apiece, combining for 10 rebounds, three assists, and Mikayla Thompson scored five with two rebounds, two assists.

Demet Saygili led five Baldwin players in double figures with 16 points and posted a game-high six assists.

SCHEDULE UPDATE: The Avenging Angels will now travel to Greensboro Wednesday, Dec. 18, to face off with the Pride at 5:30 p.m. GC will complete the series in Raleigh in late January.