Tyler Waddell – Sports Information Graduate Assistant
Misenheimer, NC – The Pfeiffer University women's basketball team (8-18, 6-16 CC) hosted Belmont Abbey (11-16, 9-13) on senior night and came away with a tough loss Friday, 68-63 in Merner Gym.
Seniors Ariana Tillman, Jazzmine Devlin, Lauren Janka, Meg Pritchard, and Vivian Doerr all got the start for the Falcons were honored at halftime for their contributions to the program.
Though an early 18-2 run saw them with an eight-point lead after the first 10 minutes of regulation, the Falcons were outscored by 13 in the second quarter, leaving the court at halftime with a deficit that was never eradicated as they trailed the rest of the game.
Belmont Abbey, which controlled the paint with 45 rebounds and 23 second-chance points, led by as much as 14 in the fourth quarter before Pfeiffer was able to organize a modest comeback effort; six different Falcons scored within the first five minutes to cut the score to 59-53 in favor of the Crusaders. However, any chance of bringing it any closer was interrupted, as BAC followed suit with a 6-0 run to remove any doubt and ultimately close out the game with a victory.
Freshman forward Chrystal Ezechukwu had an impressive performance for the Crusaders by finishing with a double-double (18 points, 14 rebounds). Alex Busch, Morgan Midkiff, and Larisa Bishop all had 10 points or more.
Pfeiffer was led by Pritchard, who scored a game-high 20 points and added seven rebounds with three steals. Remarkably enough, she ended the regular season with 16 consecutive performances in double figures and concluded with her seventh 20-point game of 2016-17.
Sophomore Sydni Bickford finished with her second straight game in double figures, tallying 14 for the Falcons after scoring a career-best 26 in a loss to Converse on Tuesday. Tillman contributed 12 points and six boards.
As the No. 8 seed, Pfeiffer will compete at No. 1-seeded Limestone in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolina Tournament this Monday, Feb. 27. Tip-off is TBD.
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