RALEIGH, N.C. -- Visiting William Peace outpaced the Meredith College basketball Angels 74-58 in Tuesday night's USA South action. Tonight's game was designated as a #BlockOutCancer event as part of a league-wide effort to support one of their own.
Greensboro College Head Coach Randy Tuggle continues to fight a battle with pancreatic cancer, and each USA South women's basketball program will sponsor a night this season dedicated to him. The Avenging Angels encourage fans to support Tuggle and his family with contributions to a GoFundMe account for medical expenses. Any unused funds will be donated by the Tuggle's to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
During halftime of tonight's game, Meredith athletics recognized two championship teams, as well as two-time All-American Holly Hite. The 2018 volleyball and 2019 lacrosse Avenging Angels collected regular season and conference tournament championships last year, leading both to the NCAA tournament. Hite's decorated career places her atop multiple statistical categories within USA South women's lacrosse and Meredith all-time records.
WPU used a large roster and a fast-pace to their advantage in tonight's loss. With 31 of the team's points coming from the bench, the Pacers were able to wear down a six-man Avenging Angels club. Kimberly Schuh, Kate Perko, and Lindsay Bell led MCBB with double-figures, but all three finished off their season average from the field. The physical play from WPU's defense left Meredith struggling at the goal much of the night.
MCBB managed to outrebound the visitors 46-43, and a balanced offense spread out 11 assists across all six players. With a pair of steals from Zaina Hook and Bell, along with one each from Perko, Schuh, and Madison Gladwell, the Avenging Angels maintained pressure against Peace. But MCBB struggled to control the ball on the other end, allowing William Peace to score 19 of their points off Meredith turnovers.
With just three conference games left during the regular season, MCBB will need more wins to secure a spot in the USA South Tournament set to begin February 19. Mary Badwin travels to Raleigh this weekend for a 2 p.m. Saturday tipoff, with Pfieffer and Methodist on the schedule next week.