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January 23, 2013

Pfeiffer tops Crusaders in OT, loses at Barton

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 — The Pfeiffer women’s basketball team stands tied for fourth place in the Conference Carolinas standings with Queens University in conference play after an overtime win at home to North Greenville on Saturday and a road loss Monday at Barton.

Pfeiffer (11-3, 6-3) and Queens trail Mount Olive by a half-game, while Limestone and Barton are tied for first with 9-1 records.

The Falcons return home at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night to host Coker.

Pfeiffer 86

North Greenville 71

Pfeiffer needed overtime on Saturday afternoon and proceeded to pour on 20 points on North Greenville cruising to an 86-71 victory. Brittany Cox dropped a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds crossing the 1,300-point mark in her career.

A wild finish to regulation set up overtime as both teams found themselves in a 64-64 game with 1:46 remaining after a Kellie Rhoney layup. Cox would give the Falcons a 66-64 lead with 23 seconds left as the chaos arrived.

After a missed three-pointer by NGU’s Tyler Powers with seven seconds left setup a team rebound and baseline throw in for Pfeiffer, the Crusaders Ciara Anderson stole the in-bounds pass and threw a quick shot up off the glass and in to square the contest at 66 as the buzzer sounded.

In overtime, a quick North Greenville basket from Timisty Nelson put the visitors up two, Pfeiffer would take over after a layup and three from Cox. Christina Harvey followed with four-straight points while Jodie Lemons followed with a three. To complete the five-minute extra session, Pfeiffer would go on to hit their final eight free throws, four by Rhoney, two from Cox and two by Lemons, to cruise to the 15-point win.

Behind Cox’s double-double, Harvey and Lemons would each finish a board shy of their own double-double with 21 and 14 points each. Rhoney concluded with 14 points and seven assists while Carter Williams registered a game-high nine assists.

Pfeiffer shot 43 percent from the field on Saturday holding North Greenville to 1-of-7 (14 percent) in the overtime period. The Crusaders shot 39 percent overall from the field. The Falcons connected on 10 triples while dominating the boards 50-38.

Barton 58

Pfeiffer 55

Late turnovers and a poor shooting second half came back to haunt Pfeiffer University on Monday night during a tough 58-55 road loss at Barton College in Conference Carolinas women's basketball action.

Tied at 52-52 with 4:22 left in the second half after a pair of Jodie Lemons free throws, things would unravel long enough for the Bulldogs (10-4, 9-1) to take advantage. A pair of turnovers 36 seconds apart led to two Barton layups and a 56-52 lead. After a Brittany Cox three sliced the lead down to one with 58 ticks left, Janae Jackson converted the final bucket for Barton leading to the final 58-55 tally.

Pfeiffer carried a 32-29 at the half and carried that momentum into an eight-point, 44-36 lead with 13:26 remaining in the half. Christina Harvey and Jodie Lemons accounted for most of the points in the first 6:34 of the half and would hold the lead until a Nyesha Willie free throw squared the contest at 46-46 with 8:20 to play. The Falcons had their last lead with 6:41 on the clock after a Harvey layup before the contest was all knotted up with 4:22 remaining.

Harvey and Lemons each posted double-doubles for the Lady Falcons both snagging 10 rebounds while Harvey scored 16 to Lemons' 15. Cox followed with 14 on the night. Pfeiffer shot a dismal 29 percent in the second half after a 44 percent shooting first half.

The Falcons did dominate the boards once again holding a 42-31 advantage.

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