LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Four Covenant women's basketball players scored in double figures, including a career-high 22 points from Ruthie Moore, but the Scots could not overcome Piedmont in a 75-63 loss on Saturday afternoon inside Barnes PE Center.
Moore led all scorers with 22 points, on 6-of-10 shooting and 8-of-8 at the foul line, to go along with six assists and four rebounds. Margo Koby tallied a double-double with 14 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds. Michaela Price also had a career-high 11 points with three assists off the bench and Hannah Monday added 10 points and six rebounds.
Covenant (6-12, 3-6 USA South) has dropped two straight games.
The Scots hung with the three-time defending USA South Tournament champion Piedmont (12-8, 8-3 USA South), but the visiting Lions edged Covenant in each of the four quarters and pulled away over the final 10 minutes to seal the win.
Covenant took a 34-33 lead after a Price 3-pointer with 5:57 left in the third, but Piedmont answered on its ensuing possession as Amari Price drove in for a layup to give the Lions the lead for good.
Piedmont led 47-41 heading into the fourth and used a 6-0 run early in the period to stretch the lead to double figures for the first time (55-45). Covenant got within seven (58-51) after a Cosette Kirsch jumper with 4:39 left, but that was as close as the Scots got the rest of the way.
Amari Price, the reigning USA South Player of the Year, led Piedmont with 19 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Nakiyah Washington totaled 17 points and Emily Wiley added 15 points in the win. Raegine Newkirk came off the bench to score 10 points for the Lions.
Piedmont shot only 36.4 percent (24-of-66) for the game but made a living at the foul line going 24-of-36, which included an 8-of-13 effort from Wiley. The Lions converted Covenant turnovers into 24 points and held a 40-35 edge in rebounding.
Covenant shot 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from the field with five 3-pointers and 16-of-19 at the foul line. The Scots doled out 15 assists on 21 made field goals, led by Moore's six.
Covenant travels to square off with Brevard on Tuesday. Tip-off inside Boshamer Gymnasium is set for 5:30 p.m.
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