Joe Burgarino, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MISENHERIMER, NC- Shontai Totten made a pair of free throws with 3:23 left in the third quarter, giving the Pfeiffer women's basketball team (6-14, 5-11 CC) their first lead of the contest over the No.3 Limestone Saints (21-0, 16-0 CC), 31-29. Despite playing lockdown defense, the Falcons fell to the Saints 55-49, the six point loss was Limestone's closest contest of the season. Pfeiffer held Limestone to just 29.9 percent shooting from the floor and forced 16 turnovers.
The Saints jumped out to a 20-8 first quarter lead. Pfeiffer turned up the defense in the second period holding Limestone to a total of four points in the frame, and only allowing one field goal. The Falcons held the Saints scoreless until the 1:37 mark of the period, when Keidra Smith knocked down one-of- two free throws. Pfeiffer cut the lead to four points, when Lauren Janka cut to the hoop receiving a perfect pass from Meg Pritchard, scoring with 3 seconds left in the half.
With 5:59 left in the third, Safia Sheikh knocked down one of her three, 3-point baskets cutting the Limestone lead to 29-26. Two minutes later Pritchard knocked down three pointer of her own tying the contest 29-29. Pritchard ended the frame hitting a pair of free throws cutting the Limestone lead to 35-33.
Janka knocked down a really tough layup, with 4:37 left in the game, igniting a 7-0 run, highlighted by a go-ahead 3-pointer by Sheikh, and two free throws by Totten, giving the Falcons a 45-42 lead. However, the Saints scored nine of the final 11 points to end the game, keeping No. 3 Limestone perfect for the season.
Pfeiffer did not have an answer for the number eight scorer in the nation, Jasmine Kearse. Kearse scored a game-high 28 points, including knocking down six from beyond the arc, and going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Pritchard finished the contest with 17 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists for the Falcons. Janka was 3-for-4 from the field scoring seven points, including four points in the final quarter. Totten was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line, scoring nine points off the bench and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Saturday, as they host Southern Wesleyan. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.