Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL. - Senior Meg Pritchard exploded for a career-high 35 points to lead Pfeiffer to a 74-67 victory over Johnson & Wales (FL) on Saturday afternoon. Pritchard went 12-for-21 from the field and converted on all seven of her free throw attempts as the Australia native sits 177 points shy of the 1,000 point mark for her career.
With the win, Pfeiffer improves to 3-3 on the season and Johnson & Wales drops to 2-11.
Trailing 51-50 heading into the fourth quarter, Pritchard started the final frame with back-to-back layups to start an 11-0 Falcon run. Pfeiffer kept Johnson & Wales off the scoreboard for the first 4:43 of the fourth quarter and extended their lead to 10 points. As Johnson & Wales cut the lead to 64-55 with 4:16 to go, Pritchard once again took over. Pritchard knocked down back-to-back three pointers to push Pfeiffer's lead to 70-55 with just 3:32 left to play. A late 3-pointer by Vivian Doerr would seal the victory and push the Falcons back to .500 on the season.
Diamond Williams scored 26 points and Bevin Davis added 20 for Johnson & Wales.
Pfeiffer shot 47.3 percent from the field on the day and the Wildcats knocked down 45.3 percent of their shots. Pfeiffer hit six more 3-pointers than the Wildcats but went just 13-for-26 from the free throw line.
With 7:15 to go in the third quarter, Johnson & Wales held an 11-point lead but over the game's final 17:15, Pfeiffer outscored the Wildcats 41-23.
For the season, Pritchard is averaging 19.3 pointer per game and is shooting nearly 50 percent from long range. She currently leads Conference Carolinas in scoring and ranks eighth in three point accuracy.
Pfeiffer finishes up the Cruzin' Classic with a 4 p.m. contest with Briar Cliff. The game will be Pfeiffer's final contest until after the New Year.