Raleigh, NC -- Peace (7-12, 3-10 USAS) entered the locker room at the break with a three point lead over visiting Shenandoah (11-7, 7-5 USAS) after shooting better than 75% much of the half. But consistency from the Hornets made the difference down the stretch to earn SU the 70-63 win.
The young Pacer squad hit the floor running this afternoon and opened with a clean three-pointer from first-year Megan Sherrill. Peace pushed the lead to six with just under 10 minutes remaining in the period.
Shenandoah's Sierra Edwards initiated an 8-3 run a minute later to pull her team within one. But first-year Pacer Rachel Lyons nailed back-to-back jumpers to end the threat before the half.
The Hornets put their inside game to work in the early minutes of the second half to take the lead and pushed that lead to 10 with 8:26 remaining in regulation.
Peace put together an 8-0 run to come within two with just over six minutes to go but would get no closer.
Court leader Megan Bridges finished with 13 points and seven assists to lead the Pacers. First-year Mia Sloan added 12 with three assists, and junior shooter Margaret Minton notched 10 points on the game. Brenna Mickey and Angel Fuller earned key minutes for Peace with eight points apiece and a combined 11 rebounds. Lyons finished with a career-high eight points.
Stephanie Holton and Alexis Hargbol led for Shenandoah with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Hargbol tallied a game-high 11 rebounds, adding three assists from the inside. Katherine Flint and Mandy Johnston tallied seven assists apiece.
Thanks again to the 18 alumnae basketball players and two former coaches who returned to campus today for a funfilled day of hoops and conversation. We look forward to continuing this new tradition. The Pacers return to the court tomorrow for a 2:00 pm matchup with league foe Mary Bladwin College. See you on the sidelines!