FERRUM, Va. — Three days after losing its first USA South contest, Ferrum College responded by dealing No. 20 Greensboro College its first league defeat, 81-69, in front of a near capacity crowd inside Swartz Gymnasium.
Ferrum improves to 10-2, 5-1 in the USA South. The Pride slips to 8-2, 5-1 in conference action.
The Panthers torched the nets in the first frame, shooting 51.5 percent (17-for-33). After falling behind 11-10, just under five minutes in, the Black and Gold responded with an 18-5 run to go ahead, 28-16, at the 7:51 mark.
FC expanded its lead to 16, 43-27, complementary of a pair of Kristen Keith free throws with 38 ticks remaining until break. The Panthers built a 43-29 lead heading into intermission.
Greensboro showed its resiliency outscoring the hosts, 15-6, to trim the Panther lead to five, 49-44, with 14:32 showing on the clock. Ferrum answered with a quick 6-0 spurt to restore its double-digit advantage to 11, 55-44, with 11:02 remaining in the game.
Danielle Duncan converted 1-of-2 free throws to cut the Pride deficit to six, 67-61, at the 4:55 mark, but the Panthers connected on 14-of-18 free throws down the stretch to secure their first victory over a ranked opponent under Coach Bryan Harvey.
Keith paced the Black and Gold with game highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds, en route to her first double-double of the season. Tesla Akers finished with 21 points and three steals.
Reigning USA South Rookie of the Week Jacole Hairston tallied 11 points and Kayla Goins scored 10.
Duncan, an All-American candidate, was held to 16 points for the Pride, including half of the total coming from the charity stripe. Andrienne Terrell notched a team-high 19 points, while Jena Cabe finished with 13. Bianca Richburg rounded out double-figure scoring with 11 points for GC.
Ferrum held the advantage on fast-break points, 12-2, and bench scoring, 22-5. The hosts turned 16 Greensboro miscues into 17 points.
The Panthers are back on the road Saturday, January 14, at Methodist University. The USA South contest tips at 2 p.m. in Fayetteville, N.C.