Maryville topples Piedmont, Wesleyan in weekend sweep

Maryville topples Piedmont, Wesleyan in weekend sweep

Maryville College used a weekend USA South sweep in order to move their win streak to eight games, as the Scots downed Wesleyan College (Ga.) and Piedmont College.

Maryville bested the Wolves of Wesleyan College, 72-43, on Saturday, before toppling USA South rivals Piedmont College, 57-54 on Sunday afternoon. The two wins moved MC to a perfect 5-0 record in USA South play.

In Sunday's game, Maryville and Piedmont faced off as the top-ranked squads in the preseason poll.

After holding a one-point advantage at the break, 31-30, Maryville would outscore Piedmont, 16-7 in the third quarter. They used a 9-2 run in the quarter to pull away from the Lions, before Maryville was able to hold off a late Piedmont run for the three-point victory.

Maryville (9-6, 5-0 USA South) saw Madison Maples finished the game with 16 points that included four treys. She had three rebounds and a pair of steals.

Rachel Hawn had a near double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Elsa Eckenrod came off the bench for 11 points. Amber Hudgens had six points and 13 rebounds, as Lauren Biliter added five points, four rebounds, a steal and an assist. Haley Talbott had three points, as Libby Gardner added seven assists, three steals and two points.

Maryville shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) with seven treys. They outrebounded Piedmont 41-35.

The Scots held the Lions to a 38.6 percent effort (22-of-57). Piedmont had eight treys on a 38.1 percent clip.

Piedmont College (11-2, 3-1) was led by Jatasia Bailey's 12 points off the bench, as she tallied four of the Lions' eight 3-pointers. She had three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Dakota Sullens led Piedmont with seven boards, while Amari Price added four assists.

On Saturday, Maryville topped Wesleyan College, 72-43, in a lopsided victory. MC held a 37-18 lead at the half, before riding that lead to their fourth USA South win of the year.

Maryville posted a 44.8 percent effort (30-of-67) from the floor, while bucketing six treys at a 26.1 percent clip.

Gardner had 13 points, five assists and two steals. Biliter had 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal, while both Maples and Hawn had 10 points each. Hawn had eight boards and three assists, while Maples added a pair of assists with a rebound, a steal and a block.

Talbott had eight points, and Hudgens had seven. Kelley Wandell added six points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block, while Eckenrod had four points, three rebounds and a pair of assists and steals. Janie Boals had two points, as Holland Jerrolds tallied one.

Wesleyan College was led by TK Blount's 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, five steals and a block, while Sherricka Sims had 12 points and six boards.

Maryville will look to ride their win streak into a home contest against USA South foe Berea College on Tuesday night, Jan. 9. Tipoff for that game is set for 7 p.m.