Tyler Waddell - Sports Information Graduate Assistant
Belmont, NC – The Pfeiffer women's basketball team (8-15, 6-13 Conference Carolinas) fell on the road to Belmont Abbey (10-14, 8-11) on Wednesday night by a final score of 64-52.
Meg Pritchard led all Falcon scorers with 14 points. Ariana Tillman finished with eight points, six rebounds and a game-high three steals. Grayson Harris ended with nine boards and notched three blocks – her fourth performance with three swats or more of the season.
The buckets were dropping early and often for Pfeiffer, which jumped out to a 22-18 lead after the first 10 minutes of action. Pritchard scored 10 of her 14 points in the first quarter and looked to continue the momentum from her 32-point scoring outburst last weekend in a 69-60 win over Converse.
But things took a turn for the worse toward the end of the second quarter when the Crusaders buckled down and exploited a series of Pfeiffer miscues, using a 12-1 run to head into the half with a 33-28 lead. The Falcons were held to just seven points for the frame.
Shooting woes from the second quarter carried on into the third and fourth, as Pfeiffer was limited to 23 second-half points and finished 22-of-74 (29.7 percent) overall from the field on the night. Down by 10 entering the final quarter of play, the Falcons were able to make some noise and contest for a late comeback by trimming the deficit to six with 7:47 remaining, but the Crusaders slammed the door shut by wrapping up the game on a 12-4 run.
Belmont Abbey was led by Taylor Johnson, Taylor Gittings, and Morgan Midkiff, who combined to score 44 of the team's 64 points.
Pfeiffer will return to Misenheimer to host Limestone this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. inside Merner Gymnasium.
March 2, 2017 Pritchard Earns Second Team All-Conference Honors
March 1, 2017 Eight Total Selected To The Academic All-Conference Team
February 27, 2017 Pfeiffer Drops 69-52 Loss to Limestone in CC Tournament Quarterfinals
February 24, 2017 Falcons Drop 68-63 Decision to Belmont Abbey on Senior Night
February 21, 2017 Bickford's Career-High Not Enough as Falcons Fall to Converse, 81-73
February 18, 2017 Pfeiffer Downed By Limestone, 84-47
February 15, 2017 Pfeiffer Falls On the Road to Belmont Abbey, 64-52
February 11, 2017 Pfeiffer Earns Tough Win Over Converse Behind Pritchard's 32 Points
February 7, 2017 Pfeiffer Drops 72-59 Home Contest to Barton
February 4, 2017 Falcons Come Away With Overtime Victory at Erskine
February 1, 2017 Falcons Fall At Barton, 81-74
January 28, 2017 Cold Shooting In Fourth Quarter Leads To Falcons Loss
January 27, 2017 Pritchard Scores 1,000th Career Point but Falcons Fall to King
January 24, 2017 Tillman's Late 3-Pointer Completes Pfeiffer Comeback Against SWU
January 21, 2017 Hot Shooting By Mount Olive Downs Falcons
January 18, 2017 Falcons Fall At Home To North Greenville, 60-47
January 16, 2017 Fourth Quarter Rally Earns Falcons A 74-67 Victory Over Emmanuel
January 14, 2017 Falcons Stumble at Limestone, 66-65
January 10, 2017 Bickford Scores Career High but Falcons Fall Short
January 7, 2017 Pfeiffer Overmatched At King
January 6, 2017 Falcons Claw Past Bobcats, 74-65
December 18, 2016 Pfeiffer Falls to Briar Cliff, 79-66
December 17, 2016 Pritchard's 35 Points Leads Falcons Past Wildcats
December 15, 2016 Falcons Fall Short In Fourth Quarter Comeback at Emmanuel
November 29, 2016 Pfeiffer Drops First Contest of 2016 Season
November 28, 2016 Pritchard Wins Conference Carolinas Player of the Week Award
November 22, 2016 Falcons Dominate SWU To Improve to 2-0
November 15, 2016 Pfeiffer Cruises Against Meredith
November 11, 2016 Pfeiffer Upsets Division I N.C. Central in Season Opener
October 27, 2016 Women's Basketball Picked to Finish Ninth in Preseason Poll
August 16, 2016 Women's Basketball Releases 2016-17 Schedule