RALEIGH — Thanks to a 20-point second half performance from junior Kristen Alford, the Meredith College Avenging Angels (1-1) came back to win Saturday 80-79 over Emory & Henry (1-2) in women’s college basketball.
Meredith jumped to a seven-point lead during the opening minutes, but a three-point play followed by another jumper from Emory & Henry’s Karina Farr tied the game at 10 with under 13 minutes remaining.
Junior Rah’nika Jones scored seconds later to put the Avenging Angels back on top, but the Wasps got four layups over the next four minutes to extend the visitors’ lead back to four at the 8-minute, 42-second mark.
Keyanka Bailey drilled a 3-pointer off a pass from Tyler Gresham to ignite a 10-0 Angel run. Alford capped off the series with back-to-back jumpers, including 1 of 5 from behind the arc.
Bailey grabbed a rebound on the defensive end, but a misstep from Meredith gave the ball back to the Wasps.
EHC’s Farr picked up an offensive rebound on the next play, which led to one of two 3-pointers from Michelle Williams in the first period.
Her second came at the buzzer to send the Wasps to the locker room with a three-point advantage at the half.
Four N.C. Central Eagles – defensive lineman Stephen Young, return specialist Arthur Goforth, offensive lineman Charles Goodwin and defensive lineman Xavier Proctor – have been selected to the 2012 All-MEAC football team.
Young, a senior from Woodbridge, Va., and Goforth, a senior from Columbia, S.C., earned first-team honors; Goodwin, a junior from High Point and Proctor, a senior from Ellicott City, Md., were named to the second team.
Young capped his N.C. Central career by ranking third in the conference and tied for ninth in the NCAA Division I-FCS with 15.5 tackles for a loss, and tied for third in the league with 5.5 sacks. He also had 42 total tackles (21 solo) with a forced fumble.