RALEIGH, N.C. — Four players scored in double figures to propel Ferrum College to an 85-69 USA South victory over Meredith College on Tuesday night inside Weatherspoon Gymnasium.
The Panthers improve to 15-4 overall, 10-2 in conference play, while the Avenging Angels fall to 5-13 overall, 3-9 in league action.
Ferrum raced out to an 11-2 lead under four minutes into the contest, behind nine points from Tesla Akers. The visitors extended their advantage to double digits on a Shea Smith jumper to make it 20-10, at the 12:46 mark.
Meredith would not go away easily, as the Panthers only claimed a 40-39 lead at the break.
Kayla Goins opened the second stanza with a jumper, but was answered by Kristen Alford’s deuce to make it 42-41. This was as close as the Angels would get.
Ferrum outscored the hosts 34-12 over the next 13 minutes to seal its 10th conference victory of the season.
Kristen Keith connected on 7-of-11 from the floor to post 17 points, while hauling in a season-high 14 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
Akers (7-of-14) and Goins (6-of-11) finished with 16 points apiece, while Jacole Hairston tallied 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting. Goins also dished out a game-high-tying seven assists.
The Panthers finished with a 47.2 percent clip on 34-of-72 shooting. The Black and Gold out-rebounded the hosts 50-33, which led to 22 second-chance points.
Ferrum, the national leader in assists per game, dished out 22 dimes. The visitors also converted 24 miscues into 18 points.
Meredith also had four players in double figures, led by Megan Rahn, the nation’s leading scorer. Rahn finished with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting, while dishing out six assists and grabbing eight rebounds.
Alford notched 12 points, while Bryana Holmes and Keyanka Bailey posted 11 points each for the Avenging Angels.
Coach Bryan Harvey’s squad concludes its two-game road swing with a Saturday matinee in Danville, Va. against USA South foe Averett University. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.