GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Meredith College Avenging Angels outscored host Greensboro College by 10 points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's USA South action, but the Pride held on for a 65-58 win. Kimberly Schuh posted a game-high 19 points.
Meredith struggled offensively throughout the first two periods totalling just 15 points combined for a double-digit deficit heading into halftime.
Madison Gladwell opened the third frame with a three pointer off an assist from Lindsay Bell, but a trio of missed long-range attempts allowed the Pride to remain firmly in control. The Angels continued to play hard and kept pace with Greensboro through the remainder of the stanza, but the hosts entered the final 10 minutes of play with a 48-31 advantage.
Kate Perko netted a pair of jumpers early in the fourth period, and Schuh hit her free throws. Bell found Schuh for a field goal with just under seven minutes remaining to trim the gap to 13, but steal and three-pointer from the Pride kept Meredith scrambling. Gladwell netted her first three of the quarter on the other end, as the battle for momentum continued.
Down 59-42, MCBB hit four consecutive buckets, including a pair of and-one opportunities for Schuh, to pull to within seven at 2:36. GC's Destiny Timberlake scored inside, and Sabria Joseph followed with one from behind the arc to hold back Meredith's effort. An Angels timeout led to another three-pointer from Gladwell, and Schuh hit one just under a minute later to give MCBB a chance with 34 seconds left on the clock.
Greensboro missed a pair of free throws on a forced foul from the Angels, but Meredith was unable to hold back the clock for their third conference loss.
Perko joined Schuh in double figures with 16 points, adding eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Gladwell finished with nine on her three three-pointers, adding six assists, and Bell posted nine points with as many rebounds. Daia Dawkins had eight rebounds, two blocks, and two assists, and Zaina Hook and Mikayla Thompson entered from the bench for a combined four rebounds, two steals, and three points.
Ashley Free led the Pride with 17 points in the win.
The Avenging Angels will enjoy a short winter break before returning to the hardwood December 28 to travel to Ferrum, Virginia, to pair off with former USA South foe Ferrum College.