DECATUR, Ga.—Piedmont's dominant second quarter spurred them on to a 62-28 USA South Women's Basketball victory over host Agnes Scott on Tuesday afternoon at the Woodruff Athletic Center. A close first quarter broke into a large advantage for the visitors as they outscored the Scotties 25-2 with Agnes' only two points coming at the free throw line.
Piedmont keeps pace near the top of the standings at 14-3 overall and 6-2 in the USA South. Agnes dips to 2-14 and 1-5 respectively.
A technical foul before the start of regulation gave Agnes Scott two points right off the bat as Anna Weimerskirch (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) nailed two free throws before the tip. Garis Grant (Charleston, S.C.) scored the Scotties' first possession to make it 4-0 before the Lions could blink.
However, Piedmont's slow start parlayed into a three-point barrage over the final 15 minutes of the half. The Lions quickly turned a deficit into a huge lead as they hit seven shots from behind the arc in the half compared to a 0-for-4 showing for the home side. Jane Lado (Louisville, Ky.) and Grant combined for eight points in the first half, while also making all three of the shots from the field.
Piedmont shot 16-of-32 in the opening half with 12 coming off the hands of Carlie Shields (Hokes Bluff, Ala.).
The Lions slowed down on the offensive end of the floor in the second half, scoring just 20 points after the break. However, Agnes was unable to get any consistent offense going while trying to beat the Piedmont press.
All 12 Lions who entered the game scored at least one point with Shields leading the way with 13 points. Amari Price (Hiram, Ga.) also finished in double-digits with 11. Price led a ferocious defensive effort with six out of Piedmont's 25 steals in the game. Jalen Davis (Cornelia, Ga.) was the assist leader with five.
Grant was the only Scottie to get anything going on offense, finishing with 12 points in 27 minutes. Lado picked up 13 rebounds as the Scotties led the Lions 37-33 in the category. First-year Erica Frank (Conyers, Ga.) contributed all four bench points for the Scotties.
The 28 points were the least scored by Agnes Scott since totaling 26, their season low, at Rhodes in the beginning of December.
Agnes Scott will look to rebound at home on Saturday with Brevard in town for a 2 p.m. tip.