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Comeback Falls Short in 61-59 Loss to Bruins

Lindsay Bell from the corner
photo credit to Sarah Moore

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The visiting Piedmont International University Bruins scored a last second layup to hold off a 19-point comeback by Meredith College in Monday night's non-conference women's basketball action. Kate Perko led the game with 23 points and Madison Gladwell tallied seven assists in the loss.

The Avenging Angels wiped away their double-digit deficit throughout the last 14 minutes of regulation, and Lindsay Bell gave the Angels a chance on a long three-pointer with five seconds on the clock. PIU advanced the ball on a timeout, and Malayah Montgomery dribbled ball down the center for a layup on the inbounds play to secure the win for PIU.

The Avenging Angels offense seemed a little off during the first half and would not improve through the third period with 26.7 percent shooting. But the young MCBB squad maintained their poise and Perko's three-point play at the five-minute mark began a steady shift for the Angels.

Bell picked up a steal on the other end and followed with a pair of free throws on a PIU foul. Gladwell found Perko inside twice during the next two minutes, as Meredith pulled to within 10 at 2:29. A Bruin three left the visitors with a 15-point advantage heading into the final quarter.

Bell opened the frame with an and-one, and Gladwell found Zaina Hook for another two points. Kimberly Schuh finished off a pair of assists from Bell, and the Avenging Angels found themselves trailing by just six with 8:44 left on the clock. The Bruins regrouped during a 30-second timeout and pushed the lead back to 12 on another three-pointer. Hook found Perko inside for a pair of field goals, and the Angels went five-for-six from the free throw line through the next two minutes to pull back to within three at 3:30.

A couple of rushed attempts down the stretch left MCBB trailing by three until Bell's jumper evened the score for the first time since early in the game. But the effort would fall short as the visitors controlled the final play of the game for the win.

Bell notched 14 points, 12 rebounds and Schuh finished with 13 points, nine boards. Hook dished out five assists, scoring five, and Gladwell grabbed three steals to go along with four points.

Montgomery and LeOnzerrae Grubbs combined for 27 points for the Bruins.

The Avenging Angels will take a short break for Thanksgiving before preparing for a rematch at Piedmont International in one week. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in Winston-Salem.