FERRUM, Va. — Ferrum College placed seven players in double-figure scoring to claim a 98-79, USA South decision over North Carolina Wesleyan College on Saturday afternoon inside Swartz Gymnasium. The Panthers improve to 13-3 overall, 8-1 in the conference. The Bishops fall to 7-7, 4-5 in league play.
Ferrum finished with 54.2 percent shooting and knocked down half of its 3-point attempts.
With the Panthers ahead 23-15 at the midway point of the first half, a Katy Kipps layup sparked an 8-0 spurt to increase the lead to 16, 31-15, with 7:55 showing on the clock. The Black and Gold went into break with a 51-38 advantage.
Kristen Keith got the second stanza underway with an and-1 play to quickly push the lead to 54-38. Tesla Akers canned her fourth and final 3-pointer with 5:11 remaining to put the hosts ahead, 92-69. FC put the game on cruise control from there, en route to its fourth victory in the last five outings.
Kipps led all scorers with 16 points, while shooting 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. Akers finished with 15 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Kylene Culler set a new career-high with 15 points, connecting on 6-of-8 from the floor.
Keith chalked up 13 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the floor. Shea Smith matched her 11 points with a career-high 11 assists. Jacole Hairston and Kelsey Frazier notched 10 points each, while Frazier also added 12 boards for her first double-double of the season.
Ferrum won the rebounding battle, 43-37, and converted 21 miscues into 27 points. The Panthers forced an up-tempo pace, outscoring NC Wesleyan 37-20 on fast-break points. FC dished out 29 assists.
The Bishops were led by Shanice Goree with 15 points and Derreon Cole with 12.
Coach Bryan Harvey's squad continues its three-game homestand on Tuesday, Jan. 24, when Shenandoah University comes into Swartz. The USA South tilt tips at 7 p.m.