Pfeiffer Downed By Limestone, 84-47

Pfeiffer Downed By Limestone, 84-47

Tyler Waddell - Sports Information Graduate Assistant

MISENHEIMER, NC – The Pfeiffer University women's basketball team was outmatched at home against Limestone on Saturday, falling to the Saints in an 84-47 decision. With the loss, the Falcons drop to 8-16 (6-14 Conference Carolinas) on the season, while LC improves to 23-3 (19-1) and remains in sole possession of first place in the conference standings.

The Falcons were paced in scoring by Meg Pritchard's 13 points. Ariana Tillman and Kayla Whitworth each chipped in seven points, and Lauren Janka finished with a team-high seven rebounds and three blocks. Limestone was led by D2CCA first-team All-American Jasmine Kearse, who totaled a game-best 16 points and six assists.

Pfeiffer took an early 9-7 lead five minutes into the game courtesy of a pair of buckets and a free throw from Pritchard, a 1-of-2 trip at the line by Dajea Scott, and a made three-point shot by Bethany Sarson. However, the Saints responded with a 31-9 run over the next 14 minutes to take a commanding 38-18 lead at the half. Though they played solid defense, the Falcons were victims of an eight-minute scoring drought in the second quarter and were held to just 3-of-24 shooting at the midway point.

Limestone opened the third quarter with a 12-4 run to increase its lead to 28 at 50-22 and did not look back, outscoring the Falcons by 17 in the final 20 minutes – shooting over 70 percent from the field in the final frame – to close out the game with a decisive win.

Pfeiffer had eight different scorers in the second half but could not slow down Limestone's playmakers, as it finished with four players in double figures and out-assisted the Falcons 16-5. LC's bench was extremely productive with 35 points, compared to the Falcons' 19.

Two games remain on the regular season schedule before the Quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament begin on Feb. 27 – Pfeiffer will travel to Converse this Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and then host Belmont Abbey in Merner Gymnasium next Friday, Feb. 24.