RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the Pfeiffer women's basketball is off to a 3-0 start thanks to tenacious defense and an uptempo offense. For the second consecutive game, the Falcons broke the program record for most shot attempts in a game, hoisting 98 attempts in 40 minutes en route to a 92-69 victory over Meredith (0-7) on Sunday afternoon.
Sydni Bickford paced the Falcons with 17 points and Grayson Harris recorded 13 points and nine rebounds in 13 minutes of action. Point guard Dajea Scott dished out eight assists and Pfeiffer forced 34 turnovers on the day.
With a 21-17 lead after the first quarter, the Falcons extended the advantage thanks to a 23-12 edge in the second stanza. Scott and Shalonda Wilkins each scored six points in the second quarter and Pfeiffer's stingy defense allowed the Avenging Angels to convert just 3-for-17 (17.6 percent) from the field in the 10 minute quarter.
The lead would swell to 26 after the Falcons poured in 33 points in the third quarter. The Falcons forced Meredith into 10 turnovers and knocked down five 3-pointers on the offensive end. Bickford connected on three triples in the quarter and Harris grabbed five of her nine boards, while Mya Johnson was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor.
For the game, Pfeiffer held a 37-14 advantage in points off turnovers and a 27-8 lead in second chance points. The largest lead of the game for the Falcons came with 2:45 left in the game as Pfeiffer was up by 34. Meredith never led in the game.
The 2012-13 Falcons started 4-0 before suffering their first loss of the year. They would go on to post a 25-7 record and advanced to the Division II NCAA Tournament.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Thursday, December 14 when they travel to Johnson & Wales (NC) for a 7 p.m. contest. It will be Pfeiffer's last game before the Christmas holiday.