Late Surge Sends William Peace to Win Over Pfeiffer Women, 62-56
Misenheimer, N.C. (Jan. 30, 2020) – Visiting William Peace University used a late fourth-quarter surge to push past Pfeiffer University, 62-56, in a USA South women's basketball game on Wednesday night at Merner Gym.
Both teams struggled shooting through much of the first half, with neither team leading by more than six points. That lead came at the 7:04 mark of the second quarter when Pfeiffer knocked down a three-pointer to push ahead 22-16.
WPU would push back to trail 31-29 at halftime and through the third quarter, the teams traded baskets with Pfeiffer holding the 41-39 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Late in the fourth quarter, WPU went on a 6-0 run to push their lead to 58-51 with just 1:12 left. With under a minute to play, Bentley missed a layup but controlled the rebound and was able to get the stick-back layup to go while being fouled. Her free throw with 54 seconds to go brought the Falcons to within 58-54.
On the next WPU possession, Pfeiffer's Makalla Burnette was able to get the steal and was fouled with 34 seconds left. Her free throws made it 58-56. After a William Peace timeout, the connected on a pair of free throws to boost their lead to 60-56.
Pfeiffer then missed a three pointer with 11 seconds left and was forced to foul. Another pair of Pacer free throws with three seconds left would provide the eventual 62-56 final.
A'Mya McClain (Hickory, N.C.) was the top scorer for the Falcons, as she netted 20 points on a 9-of-11 performance from the field. She also hit a pair of three-pointers, had four rebounds and a steal. Brina Bentley (Chester, Va.) was the other Falcon in double-figures as she had 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior teammate Kortni Pinion (Stanfield, N.C.) had eight points and finished with seven rebounds and five assists.
Pfeiffer dips to 7-11 overall and 4-6 in USA South play while William Peace improves to 18-3 and 11-0 in league play.