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Ferrum Women Claim Regular Season Title, Top Seed at USA South Tournament

Ferrum Women Claim Regular Season Title, Top Seed at USA South Tournament
  |  2013 USA South Women's Basketball Tournament Web Site

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Ferrum College women's basketball team claimed a share of the USA South regular season title with a 67-50 win over Greensboro College Feb. 17 on the road.  Tesla Akers had 15 points to lead the Panthers to its second straight regular season title.

Greensboro led 29-25 at the break, but the Panthers opened the second half with a 12-4 run, capped by an Akers three-pointer at 14:07 to take a 37-33 lead.  Chevena Pickard tied the game at 39-39 with a layup at 10:48, only to see Ferrum go on a 17-3 run to take a commanding 56-42 lead with just under six minutes remaining. 

Kayla Goins had 11 points for the Panthers (22-3, 16-2 USA South), while Jacole Hairston and Katy Kipps had 10 each.  Bianca Richburg had 23 points for the Pride (12-12, 8-10 USA South).  Ferrum, Christopher Newport and Maryville shared the title, each closing with a 16-2 league record.

With the win, Ferrum earned the top seed in this week's USA South Tournament, to be played Friday through Sunday, Feb. 22-24, at Crown Center Arena in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Coach Bryan Harvey's team will face #8 Averett University Friday at 11:00 a.m.

2013 USA South Women's Basketball Tournament Schedule

Quarterfinals - Friday, Feb. 22
#8 Averett vs. #1 Ferrum - 11:00 am
#5 Methodist vs. #4 N.C. Wesleyan - 1:00 pm
#7 Greensboro vs. #2 Christopher Newport - 3:00 pm
#6 LaGrange vs. #3 Maryville - 5:00 pm

Semifinals - Saturday, Feb. 23
#5/#4 Winner vs. #8/#1 Winner - 1:00 pm
#6/#3 Winner vs. #7/#2 Winner - 3:00 pm

Championship - Sunday, Feb. 24
Semifinal Winners - 2:00 pm