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Panther Women Win Regular Season Title

Panther Women Win Regular Season Title

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FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College's women's basketball team secured at least a share of the 2012 USA South Athletic Conference regular season title with tonight's 101-59 league win over visiting Mary Baldwin College.

The Panthers jumped out to a 16-6 lead on a layup by Kylene Culler at 12:55, and Kayla Goins' 3-pointer made it 30-13 with 7:52 left in the first half. 

The Panthers extended the lead to 50-22 at the break, fueled by a 16-3 run to end the first half.

Katy Kipps drained a pair of free throws to cap a 15-7 run to open the second half, giving Ferrum a 65-29 lead at the 15:19 mark.  All 14 players that saw time on the floor scored for Ferrum, which out-rebounded Mary Baldwin 42-32.

Katy Kipps had 14 points and seven rebounds for Ferrum.  Tesla Akers knocked down 13 points, Jessica Rhodes had 11 and Kristen Keith added 10.  Jacole Hairston contributed nine points, while Culler, Shea Smith and Amber Clemons had eight points each.

The Squirrels (7-16, 5-12) were led by Shanice Miles' 24 points.  Ariel Read poured in 17 points and Sabrina Desper had 12.

Ferrum (20-4, 15-2) can win the USA South regular season title outright with a win over North Carolina Wesleyan College Saturday on the road.  The USA South doubleheader tips off at 2 p.m. in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, with the women's game, and will be followed immediately by the men.
Play 4Kay Night

Tonight’s game was designated WBCA Play 4Kay Night at Ferrum.  The Panther women’s basketball players, coaches and support staff wore pink to promote awareness of breast cancer, a disease that has touched so many lives.

Play 4Kay is named after legendary North Carolina State University Women's Basketball Coach Kay Yow, who fought a courageous and very public battle against breast cancer to build a platform dedicated to improving and extending the lives of cancer patients. After three recurrences of the disease, Coach Yow passed away on January 24, 2009. 

The mission of the “Play 4Kay” Game, which began in 2007, is to develop a nation of coaches raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. 

Special Thanks to Ferrum senior Brian Cox for making arrangements for Ferrum's Play 4Kay Night.