MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Backed by a game-high 25 points from Brittany Cox (Winston-Salem, NC) and a team shooting percentage of 48%, host Pfeiffer University dispatched visiting Mars Hill College 84-58 in non-conference women’s basketball action on Monday night. The Lady Falcons outscored the Lions 57-33 in the second half, 37-11 over the final 10 minutes, improving to 5-1 on the year. Mars Hill drops to 1-5 with Monday’s loss.
Both teams would engage in a 47-47 contest with 10:43 to play in the second half before the Lady Falcons started their game-ending run. A pair of free throws and layup by Jodie Lemons (Madison, NC) got the ball rolling before a Cox three capped off a 12-0 run just over two minutes later.
Free throws by Christina Harvey (Locust Grove, VA) and Kellie Rhoney (Catawba, NC) kept the Pfeiffer lead at a dozen heading into the final five minutes before the Lady Falcons completed the 26-point victory with a 21-7 spurt to end the contest. Lemons and Rhoney would lead the way down the stretch scoring 15 of the 21 points combined.
Earlier in the first half, Brittney Washington (Simpsonville, NC) help give Pfeiffer a four-point, 11-7 lead with 11:51 remaining on two of her six points on the night while the Lions’ Cadence Wilmoth (Glade Springs, VA) put Mars Hill up four with 6:37 to play. A pair of Cox triples would spark an 8-0 run after Wilmoth’s basket before a pair of Ansley Ricker (Greeneville, TN) free throws and layup by Katie Buckner (Canton, GA) trimmed the halftime deficit down to just two as Pfeiffer held a 27-25 lead at the break.
Cox dropped in her 25 points on a season-high 9-of-14 shooting (64%) hitting four of seven shots from behind the arc. Harvey followed with another monster double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Rhoney and Lemons with 14 and 13 respectively. The Lady Falcons would shoot 59% from the second half, outscore Mars Hill 44-18 in the paint and use 31 points off the bench. Ricker and Wilmoth paced the Lions with 18 points apiece.
The Lady Falcons will play their final home game before the holiday break on Wednesday night hosting Barber-Scotia at 5:30 p.m. Live stats and video will be available through http://www.gofalconsports.com.