DEMOREST, Ga. -- The Covenant women's basketball team hung around a Piedmont team that came into the night undefeated in USA South play, but the host Lions used a strong third period to pull away from the Scots in a 78-44 win.
Covenant has dropped three straight and moves to 7-13 overall and 4-8 in conference play. Piedmont remains perfect at 12-0 in the USA South and is now 17-4 overall.
Aleigha Williams led the Scots with 16 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals. Joanna Smith added eight points, eight rebounds and two assists while Kate Patrick scored six points off the bench for Covenant.
Covenant ended the first period by scoring four straight points as Williams connected on jumpers on back-to-back possessions to draw the Scots within 17-14 entering the second. Covenant got as close as one point in the second after Patrick made a 3-pointer with 4:39 remaining to make it 24-23. The Lions grabbed a 32-25 lead entering halftime.
But in the third, it was all Piedmont. The Lions outscored the Scots 21-5 in the period to take a 53-30 lead heading into the fourth and would cruise from there to the victory.
Symone Ball led the Lions with 12 points, while Dakota Sullens had nine. Jatasia Bailey and Jalen Davis had eight points apiece off the bench. Brianna Barrett chipped in seven points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Covenant will travel to LaGrange on Friday for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. The Scots then travel to Huntingdon on Saturday for a 5 p.m. eastern tip.
Covenant's contest at Meredith that was snowed out on Jan. 23 will be made up on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, N.C. Tip-off is set for 8:15 p.m.
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