Joe Burgarino, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
DUE WEST, SC- The Pfeiffer women's basketball team's comeback bid fell short on Friday night, falling to Erskine 65-56. After falling behind by double digits in the first half, the Falcons took a two point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Meg Pritchard paced Pfeiffer scoring a team-high 17 points, on 6-for-15 shooting and dishing out three assists.
The Falcons were able to manufacture 10 points in the first period of play, falling behind the Flying Fleet 18-10. Pfeiffer got off to a slow start to start the second quarter of play, recording their first point at the 6:28 mark. Dajea Scott scored the first field goal for the Falcons in the frame, off of a steal by Ariana Tillman, cutting the flying Fleet lead to 20-13. Erskine took a 32-21 halftime advantage, paced by Myranda Parham, who scored 17 of her game-high 29 points in the first stanza.
Safia Sheikh came out firing to start the second half knocking down back-to-back threes in the first 1:50 of the third frame, cutting the Flying Fleet lead to 32-27. Sheikh scored the Falcons first seven points to start the period. Pfeiffer scored nine of the first 12 points to start the third quarter. With just over a minute remaining in the third quarter Shontai Totten knocked down a three pointer giving the Falcons their first lead since the 8:54 mark of the first quarter, 42-41. Totten knocked down another jumper followed by a Brianna Jones layup pushing the Pfeiffer lead to 46-44, as the third quarter expired. The Falcons outscored the Flying Fleet 25-11 in the frame.
The Falcons went up by as many as seven points in the fourth quarter, 52-45, with 6:10 remaining in the game. However, the Flying Fleet closed the contest out on a 17-2 run, Parham scoring nine during that stretch.
Totten scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and had two steals for Pfeiffer. Sheikh scored 14 points knocking down three for long rage and Kayla Whitworth scored four points both big shot in the final period.
The Falcons return stay on the road tomorrow, for a 4:00 p.m. tipoff against Emmanuel.