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Second Half Run Leads Piedmont Over Scotties, 91-57

Second Half Run Leads Piedmont Over Scotties, 91-57

DEMOREST, Ga. - After a competitive first half of play, Piedmont College (11-1) pulled away from Agnes Scott College in the second half, racing to a 91-57 victory over the Scotties (2-9).  The Lions, whose only loss of the season came against #36 Berry College, used a balanced scoring attack and capitalizing on 25 Scottie turnovers.

For the Scotties, reserve forward Miranda Arnold led the way in a close first half of play, going 4 for 4 from the field and scoring 8 of the team's 26 points.  Julianne Bayer had 10 of her game-high 14 points for the Lions, leading them into the locker room with a 35-26 lead.

The second half would start on a positive note for the Scotties, with first-year Laniqua Collins scoring a bucket to cut the lead to seven, but a one-woman 8-point run by the Lions' Mary Kate Rushton would push the lead to 15 points, and the Scotties were unable to close the gap.

For the Scotties, Arnold would lead the way with 11 points and 8 rebounds.  Collins would finish with 9 points and 7 rebounds for Agnes Scott.  The Scotties also outrebonded the Lions, 44-41, as Kisha Simpson aided that effort with 8 rebounds, to go along with 7 points.  Breonca Hackney also had an impressive 7 rebounds in only nine minutes of play, all in the second half.

"Tonight, we faced an excellent team in Piedmont," commented Scottie head coach Trish Roberts, "but I thought we did some things well tonight and a lot of players contributed this evening."

The game marked the first time since the opening game of the season that the Scotties outrebounded their opponents, and ten different players scored for the Scotties, a season-high.  The team will host Wesleyan College (Ga.) on Wednesday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. in a Great South Athletic Conference contest.  Admission is free to the public.

Sophomore Miranda Arnold led the way for the Scotties with 11 points and 8 rebounds.