GAFFNEY, S.C. – A fast start by Limestone College coupled with a slow one by Pfeiffer University led to a 57-44 victory for the Lady Saints in Conference Carolinas women’s basketball action on Saturday night inside the Timken Center. Limestone put three scorers in double figures improving to 11-7 overall, 7-5 in league play. Pfeiffer, shooting 27% for the contest, fall to 8-11, 7-6.
The Lady Falcons managed just 18 points in the first half as a jumper by Kellie Rhoney (Catawba, NC) tied the contest early at two apiece. Limestone later used a 12-0 run to grab a 16-point, 23-7 lead with 10:36 remaining in the half. Down by 18 late in the period, Celeste Caudill (Sparta, NC) would knock down a three-pointer for a 15-point halftime deficit.
Pfeiffer outscored Limestone 26-24 in the second half despite the slow first half start. A brief 6-0 run by the Lady Falcons sliced the Lady Saints lead down to 13 on a pair of free throws by Brittany Cox (Winston-Salem, NC) and layups from Rhoney and Shelley Reese (Brown Summitt, NC). Another 10-1 spurt by Limestone helped seal the deal midway through the second half.
The Lady Saints were led offensively by Maria Young and Tia Williams’ 15 points. Kaileigh West chipped in with 11 while Stephanie Hayes pulled down 10 rebounds. No Lady Falcons reached double figures as Rhoney and Reese each had nine. Christina Harvey (Locust Grove, VA) recorded 14 boards in the loss.
Pfeiffer now takes Sunday off before heading to Mount Olive for another Conference Carolinas tilt starting at 5:30 p.m.