DANVILLE, Va. -- A slow offensive start left the Meredith College Angels with a 78-73 loss to at Averett University Tuesday night. Down by as many as 21 in the third period, MCBB trimmed their deficit to as few as four in the final seconds of play on balanced scoring and a tenacious defense.
The Angels trailed 30-17 at the half, but MCBB continued to battle. Meredith made 19 free throws in the third period to get back on track and outscore the Cougars 23-20. Nine more in the fourth along with four-of five from three-point kept the Avenging Angels on the heels of Averett until time became a factor.
Kimberly Schuh drained a three with 25 seconds left on the clock, but MCBB would allow 21 seconds to run off the clock before sending the Cougars to the free throw line. AU's Zenise Chambers scored just one on the line, but the Angels had no time left.
Kate Perko and Schuh led the Angels with a combined 37 points and 23 rebounds, including seven-of-seven from the free throw line for Schuh. Gladwell scored 16 with a pair of assists, and Bell entered from the bench to notch 15 points with three assists and two steals. Zaina Hook forced five Averett turnovers with four rebounds, four assists, and five points. Daia Dawkins dished out a pair of assists with one steal and one block.
AU's Courtney Scott led all with 21 points, adding four assists and four boards.
The Avenging Angels enjoy a weekend off from competition to prepare for William Peace at home next Tuesday, Feb. 4. Meredith has a full schedule during the event, so arrive early.
Tuesday marks MCBB's Block Out Pancreatic Cancer event as part of a conference-wide USA South effort. Randy Tuggle, head coach of league member Greensboro College, was diagnosed last February with pancreatic cancer, and his fight continues. Follow this link for an interview with Coach Tuggle on D3Hoops to share his story. His interview starts around the 48 minute mark. Fans may contribute to Coach Tuggle's medical expenses through a GoFundMe page, and any extra funds will be directed to a pancreatic research group. Please also consider wearing purple to the game to show your support.
Additionally, the Avenging Angels will recognize the 2018 volleyball and 2019 lacrosse championship teams at the half following a return performance from the Meredith College Dance Crew.