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Scots Use Second Half Push to Defeat Meredith

Aleigha Williams (photo credit: Calla McGinty/Sports Information)
Aleigha Williams (photo credit: Calla McGinty/Sports Information)

MARS HILL, N.C. -- The Covenant women's basketball team used a 13-4 run later in the fourth quarter to defeat Meredith 55-49 on Tuesday night at Mars Hill University in USA South action.

The game was a make-up from the Jan. 23 contest that was postponed due to snow in Raleigh, N.C. The two teams agreed to meet at a neutral site and Mars Hill University, an NCAA Division II member, served as the host for the conference game.

Covenant (9-14, 6-9 USA South) trailed 45-42 with under five minutes remaining before going on another big run to win its second straight game in comeback fashion. After Kate Patrick made a layup with 3:17 left to tie the score at 46, Aleigha Williams made the only 3-point basket of the night for the Scots and it gave Covenant a 49-46 lead with 2:08 remaining.

The Scots then made 4-of-4 free throws down the stretch and Williams punctuated the victory with a steal and layup with 13 seconds left for the game's final margin.

All told, Covenant outscored Meredith 16-7 in the fourth quarter and 33-17 in the second half to erase a 10-point halftime deficit.

Williams led the way with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting for Covenant. Joanna Smith just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Rachel Price added 10 points and five boards. Patrick had four points and dished out a game-high five assists off the bench. 

Covenant had 15 assists on 23 made field goals while shooting 37.7 percent from the field. The Scots forced Meredith into 27 turnovers and converted those into 28 points.

Gabi Jessup had a game-high 18 points for Meredith (8-15, 6-8 USA South). Kim Hinton added 12 points and five rebounds. Meredith shot 47.4 percent (18-of-38) but turnovers were costly for the Avenging Angels.


Covenant will turn right around and host Wesleyan on Wednesday night inside Barnes PE Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


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