Pfeiffer Women's Basketball Wins Nail Biter at Methodist
Fayetteville, N.C. (Jan. 23, 2019) –The Pfeiffer University women's basketball team put together a big fourth quarter, erasing a seven-point deficit in a 55-54 road win at Methodist on Wednesday night.
Trailing 42-35 to start the fourth quarter, the visiting Falcons managed to pull even with the Monarchs when A'Mya McClain (Hickory, N.C.) got a layup to fall with 2:41 left to tie the game at 48-48. Following a Brina Bentley (Chester, Va.) free throw that gave Pfeiffer the 49-48 lead, the Falcons were able to force a Monarch turnover with 1:44 left.
Bentley again came up big, this time by getting a layup to fall, while being fouled with 48 seconds left to make it 51-48. Her free throw was no good and Methodist was able to control the rebound and quickly called a timeout. Following the timeout, Methodist was able to draw a foul and converted two free throws to pull to within 51-50 with 27 seconds left.
Following a Falcon timeout, senior Sydni Bickford (Concord, N.C.) drew a foul and knocked down both free throws to push the lead to 53-50. Methodist scored again to make it 53-52 with 12 seconds remaining. The Monarchs fouled Pfeiffer again and Mya Johnson (Roxboro, N.C.) converted the free throws for the 55-52 lead with 10 seconds to go.
Methodist scored quickly to make it 55-54 with six seconds left and quickly called another timeout. On the ensuing Pfeiffer possession, the Falcons turned the ball over, giving Methodist a chance at a last-second win, but a three-point attempt with two seconds left was off the mark and Pfeiffer escaped with the 55-54 win.
Bentley led the Falcons by scoring 23 points and pulling down 12 rebounds for the double-double while Bickford chipped in 10 points in the win, which improved the Falcons to 8-7 on the season and 5-6 in league play.
Methodist dropped to 4-15 overall and 2-9 in USA South play.
Pfeiffer will next be in action this upcoming Saturday, Jan. 26, travelling to N.C. Wesleyan for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff.
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