The Maryville College women's basketball team survived a fourth quarter surge by Salem College with a 56-53 victory over the Spirit in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Friday evening.
The Scots extended their present win streak to 14 behind a strong team rebounding effort. MC out-paced Salem 57-31 on the boards, taking advantage of numerous second shot opportunities after hitting only 27% from the floor on the evening.
Leading 45-35 after three quarters, Salem out-scored the Scots 18-11 in the fourth quarter. The Spirit shot 46% to close out the game while MC finished 1-for-12 (8%) from the floor. Maryville preserved their lead with a strong 9-for-11 (82%) success rate from the charity stripe.
Salem (7-16, 4-9 USA South) was paced by Sabrina Shepherd's game-high 19 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Mikayla Seivers added 15 points after sinking six of 15 shots.
Maryville (21-3, 13-0 USA South) maintained their lead within the USA South Western Division standings behind Lauren Biliter's team-high 17 points. Despite shooting 3-for-18 from the floor, the junior deposited 10-of-11 free throws to preserve the tough league road victory. Rachel Hawn finished with a double-double after throwing down 15 points while bringing down a career-high 19 rebounds which included eight offensive boards. Allyson Freiermuth helped MC win the battle of the boards with 16 rebounds while tossing in eight points in the paint.
Coach Darrin Travillian's squad will finish their regular season on Saturday in Demorest, Georgia against USA South rival Piedmont College. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m.